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Tulsa Police Department to increase presence downtown

Posted: 2:17 PM, Mar 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-04 20:17:01Z
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TULSA — The Tulsa Police Department says it will be expanding its team downtown to keep up with the growth of the area.

The Downtown Impact Team currently has one squad and one supervisor, but will be adding a second squad and second supervisor to serve as community resource officers and work with residents, business owners and stakeholders for public safety needs.

“Tulsa’s downtown landscape requires a different type of patrol due to the rapid pace of growth in all of the Downtown entertainment districts. The Tulsa Police Department continues to evolve to meet the needs of its citizens and it is important to have officers dedicated to downtown Tulsa to help with the growth in nightlife, residents and events,” TPD Chief Chuck Jordan said.

The TPD and Downtown Coordinating Council have also partnered to open a Public Safety Hub at 416 North Main Street, which will serve as an office space for community resource officers.

“This shift in police presence recognizes the changing nature of Downtown Tulsa. Downtown is no longer primarily an office location that is vacant after hours. It has become the entertainment district for this region of the country, and we’ve seen over a billion dollars in private investment as a result. That growth and investment benefits every Tulsan, and the importance of safety in facilitating that growth made this a clear priority for the City,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.

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