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Oklahoma City police begin anti-violent crime initiative

A grant will allow Oklahoma City police to more effectively combat violent crime in an area from N Meridian Avenue to N Council Road and Melrose Lane to NW 27.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: November 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm •  Published: November 4, 2013

Since then, new fencing and more bright lights have been installed and windows and doors have been replaced, among other improvements.

“It was just like your typical, how can I say, ghetto,” Mulberry Park resident Kayla Douglas, 25, said. “It had an unsafe feeling. Now, I can probably go to sleep with my door unlocked if I needed to.”

Since taking over management, Bale also has kept a close relationship with the police department.

“Any time I have ever had to call the police department, they are here, they come out and they talk to me. Any time I have a question about lighting or security they are more than happy to come out and give me advice on what we need to do,” Bale said.

Skalla said the community is the police department's “eyes and ears.”

“By empowering them to call us and to report that suspicious activity, we will get that vital information that will lead to the apprehension of those who are committing the crimes in this area,” he said.

Police hope to focus on crime hot spots and use “intelligence-led policing tactics,” in which officers will look over crime reports, identify trends and suspicious activity, and work closely with patrols.

“They will aggressively to go after those who are violating our laws,” he said. “In fact, the team went out today and made their first arrest on NW 10 and Meridian on drugs by making voluntarily contact.” has disabled the comments for this article.