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Tulsa police chief addresses rising crime rates

Posted at 9:25 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 00:06:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin addressed the rising crime rates in Tulsa and what his department is doing to combat it.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Franklin said about 95 officers have been assaulted this year.

"I don't think most people understand this or know this, but assaults on Tulsa police officers are up more than 40% from this time last year," Franklin said.

He said homicides in Tulsa are up between 14% and 19% depending on how you look at the data.

The organized gang unit has seized more than 241 firearms, and many are from criminals that are not supposed to have a weapon.

"Domestic violence remains a serious crime in Tulsa in one that we investigate. It remains the most dangerous crime that an officer goes to on a call on a routine basis," Franklin said. "To date, we have responded to more than 12,500 calls."

Within the last six months, Franklin said the department created a communications unit to better address the public.

Below is an updated homicide map from the Tulsa Police Department.


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