Detective Has Concerns About TPD Settlement's Specialty Unit Term Limits

Wednesday, May 26th 2010, 12:12 pm
By: News On 6  

TULSA, OK -- A veteran Tulsa Police homicide detective appeared on Six in the Morning Wednesday to address some of his concerns about a recent federal lawsuit settlement between the Tulsa Police Department and the Black Officers Coalition.

One of the stipulations in the settlement concerns term limits of officers in specialty units, like homicide.

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Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff, along with three other officers, would be impacted by the term limit stipulation.

On Six in the Morning and in an open letter to Police Officer Tyrone Lynn, President of the Black Officers Association, and Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Huff says he is trying to point out the consequences and probable outcomes of this decision.

Read Sgt. Mike Huff's Letter To Mayor Bartlett.

Huff, who supervises the homicide unit for TPD, says as it stands now, how the stipulations are being implemented, don't make any sense.

Watch Sgt. Mike Huff's Interview On Six in the Morning.

Huff says there is no managed transition concerning open homicide cases and that could hurt future work of the homicide squad.

He suggests the department, the city of Tulsa and the Black Officers Association sit down and talk about the transition process.