The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police has announced it will endorse Kathy Taylor for mayor. With a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the police joined the firefighters by showing support for Taylor over current mayor Dewey Bartlett.
"The FOP believes new leadership is needed to address crime and safety issues facing the city," FOP spokesperson Jessica Caswell said. "We need a mayor who will make reducing crime a No. 1 priority all of the time and not simply when it generates press. We need a mayor who will stay focused on safety and support law enforcement officers."
The FOP also cited Taylor's experience with and expertise on budgetary problems, public safety and community-based efforts, according to a news release.
"The FOP studied both of the candidates' crime-prevention plans and unanimously determined mine is the right choice to keep our families safe," Taylor said. "I'm proud to have the endorsements, support and trust of all of Tulsa's first responders – the firefighters and the police. My plan is to put more police in our neighborhoods, use smart technology to keep us safer and finally crack down on violent crime.As mayor I put more police on the streets than ever before – or since. And I'll do it again."