City Of Tulsa Hires Consulting Firm To Improve Community Policing Practices


Monday, July 20th 2020, 9:25 pm
By: Sawyer Buccy


TULSA, Okla. -

The City of Tulsa has picked an independent research organization to work with city leaders and citizens and then use their research to move community policing forward.

This decision is part of a process TPD said they have been working on for years to continue to improve what most know as community policing.

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The City of Tulsa has picked a nonprofit, independent research organization to work with city leaders and citizens and will then use their research to move community policing forward.

The work is scheduled to start this fall. This decision is part of a process TPD says they have been working on for years. 

CNA is a nonprofit, independent, research organization founded in 1942. They posted a video on their website explaining their history and how they do, what they do: 

"The Nation's leaders have turned to CNA to provide an independent, scientific, viewpoint when confronting their most complex problems. CNA's objective, empirical research and analytical approach, helps decision makers develop sound policies, make better informed decisions and can be applied to virtually any challenge in any field."

CNA will contract with the City of Tulsa to evaluate the progress made on the 77 recommendations made by the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing 3 years ago. 

"It involves citizens as co-researchers from the very beginning to the end of the project; to be able to understand what people's experiences have been and what their expectations are of their interactions with the Tulsa Police Department," said Captain Shellie Seibert. 

The group of analysts will use their research to come up with suggestions on improving community policing, which officers are hoping starts getting called, collaborative policing. 

"I think that says it all, you are collaborating with others with the community to build your plan, because what someone may need in West Tulsa for a police response or engagement is not what they need in East Tulsa," said Captain Seibert, "I think the solution is we are all in this together. It is not a us or them, it is going to have to happen together."

CNA's Project Director is also from Tulsa. She went to Booker T. Washington High School and said she is excited to be coming home. 

You can visit the Community Policing Dashboard here.

CNA's Center for Justice Research and Innovation is available here.