IN OTHER ACTION
Oklahoma City Council approves
18 new police officer positions
The Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously to approve a $1.3 million amendment to the fiscal year 2013 budget that includes 18 new police officer positions. The amendment reflects a choice to spend surplus money forecast to be available because of particularly strong sales tax revenue so far this year. The move means the city now has 40 new police positions included in the current budget, which is the largest jump in staffing in decades. It could take more than a year for the officers to get out on the streets because of training and other logistical issues. “I think it will be a huge benefit to the citizens,” Police Chief Bill Citty said.