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Budget Cuts Ground Tulsa Police Helicopters

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The city of Tulsa says 21 officers will be getting pink slips The city of Tulsa says 21 officers will be getting pink slips
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TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa Police Department will be grounding its two police helicopters and selling the horses in the department's Mounted Patrol unit as part of a city-wide cost cutting measure. 

Tulsa city officials say TPD's helicopters will be mothballed and TPD's Mounted Patrol will be eliminated under budget cuts ordered by the Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor.

Twenty-one officers, including everyone from the most recent academy class, have been ordered to report to police headquarters Tuesday afternoon where they expect to be cut from the force.

READ CITY OF TULSA NEWS RELEASE ON BUDGET CUTS

READ CITY OF TULSA DEPT BY DEPT PROPOSED CUTS

It is still unclear which other parts of the police department will experience the layoffs or be impacted the most.

Previously, the Tulsa City Council learned that the federal stimulus grant that was intended to pay for 18 new police officers can be used as salaries for officers who would be laid off otherwise.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor said she's hoping to keep those officers by using that money and by negotiating cost savings with the police union.

The mayor's office also confirmed Monday that the 20-member police academy scheduled for next March has being canceled.

10/26/2009 Related story: Tulsa Mayoral Candidates Discuss Preserving Public Safety

News On 6 reporter Lori Fullbright is following this story and will the latest information as details become available.

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