Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

Bike fatalities up

February 11, 2019

Bike fatalities in 2016 were the highest since 1990, with 835 deaths, according to this article. One contributing factor could be the 50% increase over time in the number of people commuting to work on bicycles. Interestingly, though, several cities with the highest rates of biking to work — Portland, Minneapolis, DC, San Francisco, Seattle — had among the lowest fatality rates. The highest bike fatality rates were in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Jacksonville.


Firearm homicides & suicides in metro areas

November 10, 2018

This CDC report looks at firearm homicides and suicides in 2015-2016 in the 50 largest metropolitan areas. New Orleans had the highest homicide rate by firearm, Providence the lowest. Oklahoma City had the highest firearm suicide rate, New York the lowest. Combining the two (homicides and suicides), Boston had the lowest rate of firearm deaths while New Orleans had the highest, followed by Birmingham and Memphis. An unusual case was Salt Lake City, which had the 6th lowest homicide rate, but the 2nd highest suicide rate.

Training more professional in Tulsa

October 11, 2018

This article reports on recruit training in Tulsa, which has been revised to put more emphasis on engagement, de-escalation, and public service. Scenarios are more realistic because previous versions “made them skittish and made them believe everybody everywhere was trying to kill them.” Commanders emphasize that there is still plenty of officer survival training but reject the warrior vs. guardian dichotomy — “If you’re one or the other, then you’re not adequate to be a Tulsa police officer. We want you to be both of those things. This isn’t policing in the ’80s.”

Gun death rates

March 26, 2018

This column compares the 50 states on gun death rates, noting that nationally, over half are suicides while 37% are homicides. Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma have the highest gun death rates, all at least 5 times higher than Massachusetts, which has the lowest rate. Other states with the lowest rates are New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Drew Diamond on community policing

November 4, 2017

Here’s a 12-minute public television interview with Drew Diamond, who was police chief in Tulsa, Oklahoma about 25 years ago and then a national leader on community policing throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He sees some promising developments today and says he always expected it to take at least two generations for significant change to settle in.

Fired and reinstated

August 7, 2017

This article summarizes data from 37 large agencies, finding that 1,881 officers were fired for misconduct since 2006 but over 450 were reinstated after appeals. “In many cases, the underlying misconduct was undisputed, but arbitrators often concluded that the firings were unjustified because departments had been too harsh, missed deadlines, lacked sufficient evidence or failed to interview witnesses.” Chiefs express frustration whereas union officials argue that officers’ rights must be protected.

Tulsa community policing recommendations

March 11, 2017

Ahead of its March 15 deadline, the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing has issued 70 recommendations under the categories of “building trust, crime reduction, officer wellness, policy, technology and training.” The city has a plan to add 160 officers in conjunction with its renewed commitment to community policing.

Community policing in Tulsa

December 16, 2016

Voters in Tulsa recently approved a referendum providing permanent funding for 160 additional police officers. This article reports establishment of a 26-member commission with a 90-day deadline to identify “consensus around the community policing strategies best suited for Tulsa.” The city was a pioneer in community policing in the 1980s under chief Drew Diamond.

State laws on police video

October 12, 2016

This article from The Pew Charitable Trusts reviews the status of public access to body-worn camera video, including an interactive map that summarizes each state’s current laws. Almost half the states have enacted new legislation in the last two years.