Attorney general awards grants to law enforcement including Oklahoma City, Tulsa police

The grants fund projects aimed at reducing violent crime. Money was awarded to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton and Ada police and Oklahoma County and Tulsa County sheriff's departments.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: August 30, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: August 29, 2013
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Six law enforcement agencies, including the Oklahoma City and Tulsa police departments, will receive grants from Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Safe Oklahoma program to help reduce violent crime in the state, officials said.

The other agencies awarded grants were the Lawton and Ada police departments and the Oklahoma County and Tulsa County sheriff's departments.

The grants awarded were:

• Oklahoma City, $750,000. The grant will pay for overtime and additional code enforcement in areas with high violent crime, along with a data warehouse that will allow law enforcement agencies to share information.

• Tulsa, $625,000. The bulk of the money will go toward overtime, allowing officers to target gun crimes, domestic violence and sex crimes. Tulsa also will use some of the money to increase code enforcement.

• Lawton, $250,000. Funds will pay overtime to increase patrols in high-crime areas with an emphasis on gangs, drugs and youth. The department also plans to update computers and iPads to better track criminals and crime trends with other agencies.

• Ada, $100,000. The grant will pay for overtime to allow officers to patrol school campuses and neighborhoods, with a particular emphasis on youth violence and drug crimes.

• Oklahoma County, $100,000. The money will help upgrade data storage and technology used to share information with other agencies across the state.

• Tulsa County, $75,000. The money will be used to hire an intelligence analyst who will interview incarcerated gang members about unsolved crimes and crime prevention.


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