Tulsa Mayor, Health Officials Implore Those Attending Weekend Event To Take Precautions

Wednesday, June 17th 2020, 1:47 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter

TULSA, Okla. -

Tulsa Police are preparing for President Trump's visit this weekend, with one goal, to keep everyone safe.

Chief Wendell Franklin says they've called in law enforcement from around the state and even around the country to help.

Mayor GT Bynum says it’s an honor to host the president in Tulsa and Cheif Franklin says it is an honor to be the ones who will help keep the president and citizens safe.

"The eyes of the world are upon us now. The eyes of the world are upon Tulsa Oklahoma,” says Franklin.

Chief Franklin says they have been planning for President Trump's visit since the moment it was announced. He says they have they meeting with the secret service since last week.

"We will increase our numbers. Ramp up our numbers to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the event on Saturday,” says Franklin.

Cheif Franklin says several local and state law enforcement agencies will be coming to town to help. He says that includes the FBI, National Guard, and other federal agencies. Franklin says their goal is to keep everyone safe.

"I'm the chief of police for the Tulsa Police Department and I protect every citizen. I don't care what color you look like. I don't care about your political affiliation. Sexual preference. I don't care. We are going to protect all of the people that come to our city,” says Franklin.

Police say there will be designated areas for people who both support and oppose the president, outside the BOK Center.

"For people to have their expressions heard. We are going to ensure that. Those individuals have those rights. That’s our constitutional right to be able to do so. We want to make sure that is done in a peaceful manner,” says Franklin.

TPD says they will finalize street closure plans later this week.

Cheif Franklin says Tulsans need to be prepared lots of streets to be closed in downtown.