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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.

  • Us_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I currently live in Springfield, Missouri and it has taken over 18 months to get a tax for Law Enforcement to pass. Once the citizen's realized how bad it was they decided that we actually needed the tax. To layoff City Police officers and than contract with the county is just wrong on so many levels. I think that the city needs to come up with a tax proposal and than have town hall meetings to inform the citizens. Here in Springfield the tax is on services and goods purchased. The amount of extra taxes that we pay is based on how much we spend. If a person doesn't spend as much thier taxes would be less.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Cut the Police Force and crime will go up. I hope they can come up with a better way than that.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Did the Mayor cut his own salary? About the Cabinet? About the rest of the Politicians in the City?
    You know...
    Miami-Dade County is having BIG budget problems, as most of the nation, but guess what...?
    The Mayor just raised his own salary.
    And raised most of his staff salaries...

  • Hpim1329_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Anyone ever heard the term "scabs." Stupid city is putting the SO in an almost impossible position and it is not fare to the officers or the deputies.

  • Lakewood_pd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So you want to layoff cops and then bring in an outside agency to cover your shortfalls. BRILLIANT!
    How about you cut other positions or reevaluate the situation. Not for nothing, but if I were in charge of the Sheriff's office, I would tell them to pound dirt, as I would have no part of brother officers losing their jobs.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Politicians first option when dealing with budget problems: Cut LE funding.
    It is getting so bad that I know Dept's that are cutting even Auxiliary and Reserve Officers because... "There are no funds for issued equipment..." Would you believe it...?
    These men and women patrol without a paycheck, and they won't even find money for their equipment...?

  • Trademekiwilogonzpa60_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How ridiculous. The answer is simple - if you are going to find yourself "short of officers" DON'T LAY THEM OFF. Find another solution first - after all police officers are tax payers and voters too.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Why does anyone believe that the sheriff's department is able to take on the additional responsibilities of patrolling city streets? I can tell you that if the city is strapped, so is the county. This looks like the city council is just pushing off their responsibilities on another agency. It is not appropriate to make across-the-board cuts. Different units have more important roles in the protection of our communities. In reality, it would be more appropriate to make larger cuts to non-essential services and leave the more essential service sectors alone.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This seems to be a growing trend. Hope no one loses there job in Tulsa

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I agree, I think many departments will be seeking assistance from each other due to a shortage of uniformed officers patroling the streets.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I truly believe that we are going to hear about this happening a lot more in the near future. It's obvious that our president is not trying to help with the matter. Our local government is going to have to step in and we are going to see the joining of police and sheriff departments happen all over the country. I just can't see how these larger departments are going to be able to avoid it.

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