By Emory Bryan, The News on 6
TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff's Office plan to jointly apply for new grant funding from the federal government, with plans to use the money for crime analysts and computers. It would be the first time the City and County have jointly applied for money from the Justice Department, with intentions to share the proceeds.
The application is for a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) for $665,464. The joint application asks for $627,000 to hire four civilian crime analysts for Tulsa Police and $38,000 to buy computers for Sheriff's Office patrol cars.
Tulsa Police would use the money to hire civilians to work in the COMPSTAT program of TPD, instead of sworn officers. Each analyst is projected to cost the city just under $50,000 the first year. The grant award would cover the total employment cost of the four analysts for three years.
The Sheriff's Office would get six in-car cameras, at a cost of $4,000 each. Other related equipment would total $42,750; or $7,125 per unit.
The City Council is required to review the application by June 30th to meet the application deadline. The Council plans to discuss the application Tuesday morning. The grant money, if it was awarded, would be available to the City in October.