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Mayor Seeks Sheriff's Help With City Patrols

Mayor Seeks Sheriff's Help With City Patrols

Tulsa World via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

TULSA, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett has asked the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to submit a proposal on how it would patrol part of the city as Tulsa braces for more police layoffs, he said Wednesday.

“If it looks like we’re going to find ourselves short of police officers, we want to have a good option available so public safety is not compromised,” he said.

Sheriff Stanley Glanz and Undersheriff Brian Edwards have agreed to devise a plan for deputies to be responsible for an area that has yet to be determined. Reserve deputies also would be available.

“We’ll do whatever we can to help the city, because we serve the same citizens,” Edwards said.

Meanwhile, more than 300 police union members met Wednesday night to see what they could do to prevent as many officer layoffs as possible. Among the ideas discussed was giving up the right to take patrol vehicles to their homes outside the city limits.

Union President Phil Evans said the meeting was one of the best attended, adding that “there’s a lot of concerns among the officers about their jobs and the impact this is going to have on Tulsa.”

Ryan Perkins, a trustee of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93, said the worst budget scenario would cut between 54 and 123 officers from the roughly 808-officer force.

Bartlett said the size of the patrol area to be covered by deputies would depend on the severity of the Police Department cuts. That number remains unknown.

Also to be worked out is how the Sheriff’s Office would be paid for the patrols, Bartlett said. The city might have services it can trade.

“Obviously, we have to see a cost savings,” he said.

Bartlett is looking at as much as $10 million in city budget cuts because of plummeting sales-tax revenue.

The head of each city department has been asked to turn in plans by the end of Friday for a budget reduction of as much as 4.4 percent. For the Police Department, that would be $3.4 million.

No cuts will take place before the end of the year, Bartlett said, noting that it will take at least a few weeks to review thoroughly all of the reduction plans and decide the best course of action.

The size of the city’s January sales-tax check from the Oklahoma Tax Commission will help determine how deep any cuts must be, Bartlett said.

  • Absence360_logo_lo-ff-02b_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I feel for the TCSO deputies and the cuts they are having to take. Has anyone looked at the whole way deputies are scheduled? - what are the overtime figures? It seems logical to cut overtime - streamline the scheduling process, and use the union rules to do everything fair across the board.

  • Memorialbadge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    they also fired the chief and brough over from the SO to replac him. wonder where this came from. I can say that TCSO deputies dont make as much as TPD officers do. so it makes sence to fire tpd officers and contract wiyj tcso,,,,

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Police Officer's being laid off-Perhaps this is a time you can work with in your Community and help save those young know more than you people, cause crime is out there, and we all want to live through this lay off situation. If we are going to be a Team as those overseas then I think this is the perfect opportunity to save a Life.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    unfortunate economic times...

  • Police_car_max50


    over 4 years ago


    excop23260 actually our dearly beloved governor here in Virginia has proposed cuts to shave over 600 state positions, freeze our pay for two years, make us pay into our own retirement and raise our retirement from 25 years at age 50 to 30 years at age 55. Maybe he is a relative of this Oklahoma mayor. Thank goodness Virginia has only one term governors and this jerk off is on his way out and Governor elect McDonnell is in this January and he has said he is Law Enforcement friendly. We will see!

  • Chief_instigator_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well DAMN, that sounds a lot like something the now-outgoing part-time Governor of Virginia (yeh, the fulltime DNC head) would have done. Laying off cops? Hey, we gonna pay criminals there to stop committing crimes? Might bacome open-season on decent citizens. And I thought Virginia had most of the anti-law-enforcement politicians. Okay, lets let that Mayor and his cronies work a few months without pay. Betcha they have the pocket change to survive financially for a couple years or more.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Has the mayor and his staff taken a pay cut. and is the Mayor driving his personal car to and from work? Why do the politicians look to cut the one thing that need to be strengthened. Everyone is looking for a quick fix for their governments debit, but you don't cut your heart out if you have a headache. The mayor needs to look at other areas of his government before taking away the cities first line of defense against the evil in his area.

  • Ganster_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is not going to turn out well. Absolutely nothing against the Sheriff's Office (I used to work for one), but this is going to do nothing but create VERY hard feelings. There is no such thing as a "seamless transition". If City Officers are being laid off and the SO is going to take over it will create a great strain on relations between the LEO's that are going to be working together. Consolidation was a hot topic around the area where I work, but as far as I can see, the great savings promised by the Sheriff when he was pitching his Office taking over for a local PD never came to be! Cutting police services is never going to be the best option for the citizens who count on our protection.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is a sad situation. The Sheriff would probably love to hire the laid off City Officers, but he has a budget set by the County and cannot afford to hire additional officers. The Sheriff is authorized by law to enforce the law in any part of the county, but usually leaves City law enforcement to City Officers. One of the things that all voters need to understand is that there are three critical areas like police, Fire Fighters and EMT response that should be the last to feel budget cuts.

  • Lakewood_pd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rainmaker, NOBAMA will not replace police officers, While I agree that Liberal America is ruining us. The sad facts are that many officers in this country do not have the job security that they should have. I will NEVER be laid off and that I can tell you that with 100% certainty. Where I work there is no pork to get rid of. We are already understaffed and to cut ANY officers will incur more overtime then we already have.
    Most places here in NJ are like this. Then again, I guess most of us understand the concept that LE is the sacred cow you cannot touch. I feel for these guys in Tulsa, but I will tell you that there has to be a solution where no officer is laid off. This is politics at its worst.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    With all of the stories lately about LEOs being ambushed, you would think the last thing anybody would want is to downsiae PDs and/or lay off officers. I've said it before: Don't compromise the service of first-responders(officers, FD, EMT, etc.) when trying to tighten your fiscal belt; it will come back to haunt you later !!!

  • 21_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I feel terrible for the Tulsa PD, There has to be another way to handle it than to cut LE jobs

  • Lieutenantocpd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How about the Sheriff hiring the laid off officers......somehow it just doesnt seem to work. Cut people you cut services. Sorry but thats the way it is.

  • 082310163642_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayer go out for the Officers and their families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Hello Boys and Girls....what part of "united we stand....divided we fall? Don't you understand. Your problems are only going to get worse. your own fault. Most....the rest of Americas. Why? Because no one wants to be informed. Get rid of your so-called, "bothers and sisters" that are liberal. When they vote politically correct. They are bending you over...and shoving it in hard and deep. Watch their back while on duty, of course. But have no fellowship with them...PEROID. Unless, work related questions. Ignore idle chit chat. Unless mandatory do not need to be at their BBQ. Make them feel as outcasts.... Most of America are law abiding American citizens who support you. The "messiah"...already stated he wants to implement a "civilain defense force"...of some type.....TO REPLACE YOU. ....All you need as to read some of the comments on here...that are so to what your fellow co-workers stand for. Your unions, are now being considered to fall under SEIU. The same union that brags of having over 2 million illegal aliens as memebers. The same union that says..."workers of the world..unite". are American and beleive in the Constitution. have no place or value...with the "messiah" and his "dreams of....change" Just wondering...the kind of comments I'll get from this? Read..and judge for yourselves.

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