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OKC Police Get Federal Grant To Target Violent Crimes

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Oklahoma City police officers respond to calls all over the metro once a crime has usually been committed. But they are hoping this grant will help them get violent criminals off the streets, before a crime happens. Oklahoma City police officers respond to calls all over the metro once a crime has usually been committed. But they are hoping this grant will help them get violent criminals off the streets, before a crime happens.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City police are getting a little help tracking down violent criminals, thanks to a new grant. They will be making their presence known in a part of the city known for its violent crime in the past.

It is the area between North Meridian Ave. and North Council Road between Melrose Lane and N.W. 27th Street.

Residents at the Mulberry Parke apartments near N.W. 10th and Melrose Lane are going to be seeing officers patrolling their complex a lot more in the coming weeks. They will be asking questions, looking for wanted felons -- and that's a welcome sight for residents like Kayla Douglass.

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"I have two small children too, so that just makes me feel that much safer around here," Douglas said.

Douglas has lived here for several years and says this place used to be a ghetto. But says a new apartment manager has turned the place around.

Kay Bale made sure the complex now has new lights, secure fencing, surveillance cameras, and even a safe place for kids and families to walk and play.

"This is their home and we want them to feel safe and secure, not just me," Bale said.

Police say it's community involvement like this that is helping them fight crime in the area.

Officers will be pouring over crime reports, looking for trends and criminals known to the area, and then actively hunt them down.

"We want to prevent crime before it happens," said MSgt. Bob Skaala with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "Not just throwing four or five officers out there, we will be very deliberate and strategic with our approach."

And that is welcome news for those living in the complex.

"It's great now, I feel a lot safer living here," Douglas said.

Oklahoma City police will be holding a community meeting at Council Grove elementary at 7 p.m. to inform the public about this new proactive endeavor.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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