The Tulsa Police Department is getting a big financial boost to help fight violent crimes.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tulsa has been awarded a $800,000 Public Safety Partnership grant. It says the money will fund ballistic technology and improve investigate practices through Crime Gun Intelligence Centers. Adding, Tulsa will use the funds to track illegal guns and get Tulsa's most violent criminals off the street.
“This crime-fighting collaboration will be Tulsa tailored. It will provide a data driven, strategic look at the city’s most violent and problematic criminal activity that is infiltrating and harming neighborhoods. Additionally, our Tulsa law enforcement partners, who know our community well, will play an active role in forming priorities and solutions and will further gain invaluable tools, training and focused resources,” said Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Oklahoma.
“We are very grateful to be receiving this Department of Justice grant, which will formalize Tulsa as a Crime Gun Intelligence Center. This funding will help support collaborative efforts that are already in place with our federal and local partners here in Tulsa. These resources will help us identify our most violent offenders even quicker, targeting them for enforcement and removing them from our streets. The Tulsa Police Department has a world class forensic laboratory that supports some of the most gifted investigators and prosecutors in the nation. I look forward to seeing all that is accomplished with this grant,” said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.
In August, the Department of Justice and Tulsa Police announced a partnership to fight violent crime in the city.
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Seven other communities across the U.S. were also awarded Public Safety Partnership grants.