Midwest City, Tinker Air Base collaborate

Midwest City extends jail, juvenile and animal control services to Tinker Air Force Base.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: July 20, 2013
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Fines will be assessed for the same criminal actions that juveniles across the state are subject to including public intoxication, drug or alcohol possession, assault and battery and staying out past curfew.

“If these kids are getting into trouble on the base they are going to get into trouble in the city, so it makes sense for us to extend these services to them,” Lyons said.

Lyons said the city will profit from the fees Tinker Air Force Base will pay for the services and the base will save money that would otherwise go to constructing internal services.

“It's a tremendous savings for them,” Lyons said. “Just not having to build a jail, monitor and man it 24 hours a day will save them a tremendous amount.”

Lyons said the collaboration is governed by the new Tinker Partnership Steering Committee.

The charter was designed using a model already in place in Monterey, Calif., where a retired Army colonel turned city manager implemented a partnership between the city and its Army post to cut costs, strengthen ties and improve the economy overall.