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Tulsa mayor wants crime-fighting plan from police

A fresh rash of violent crime prompts Tulsa's new mayor to convene weekend meetings with the police department and a set a deadline for change.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says after a weekend that started with more killings and shootings - the mayor asked the Tulsa Police Department to come up with a solution - and fast.

The police department says it's a plan in progress. Tulsa Police officer Scott Walton: "Right now everybody is in a brainstorming process and thinking of how to deal with what's been presented to us over these last few weeks."

Mayor Kathy Taylor campaigned on fighting crime - and wants a plan by the end of the day Tuesday. One part it, says the police, is better communication and information. "It's nothing but fun for us to match up something for them." Police officer trainee Mike Thompson spends his days plowing through reports, trying to find common threads between crimes and criminals. Part of the work results in crime timelines like this that help police see trends. "We'll go over reports from overnight and link them to other acts.”

Scott Walton says there's hardly anything that hasn't been tried to fight crime, but they're encouraged by a new emphasis on it from city hall.

This new effort was ordered by the mayor at an unusual Saturday morning meeting with the police department.

The department says as part of the new strategy they'll have weekly meetings to update what's happening with violent crime.
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