City Manager Craig Freeman announced the formation of the Oklahoma City Community Policing Working Group, which will study how to expand and increase effective programs for alternative responses, youth outreach and more.
Post Date: 08/03/2020 1:22 PM
City Manager Craig Freeman announced the formation of the Oklahoma City Community Policing Working Group, which will study how to expand and increase effective programs for alternative responses, youth outreach and more. The City Council voted June 16 to create the group based on a resolution authored by Ward 2 Councilperson James Cooper. The Council resolution recognized progress police have made through the years in community policing, and challenges the working group, the City Manager and the Police Department to identify innovative tactics to enhance the program. “We’ve assembled community leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to helping us improve our policing strategies,” said Freeman. “We expect benefits across our community, especially for our most vulnerable residents, and also for police officers performing a difficult job.” The members are:
Tim Tardibono, Criminal Justice Advisory Council
Maj. Ron Bacy
Maj. Vashina Butler
Pastor James Dunbar
Police Chief Wade Gourley
Pastor Michael McDaniel
Municipal Court Administrator LaShawn Thompson
Assistant City Manager Kenton Tsoodle (group facilitator)
The group will have six areas of focus:
Training for police officers in crisis response
Officer access to mental health services
Alternative responses to mental health calls
Expansion of homeless outreach initiatives
Creation of a neighborhood safety/violence interruption program
The group will meet regularly starting in August and plans to present formal recommendations in 2021.
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