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2012 OKC Homicide Rate Raises Calls for More Police
Oklahoma City ended the year with 99 homicides. It’s the second highest number of homicide
cases in history, not counting the deaths from the 1995 bombing. The rate is higher that it has been in
decades and some police officers say that number points to a need for more
The president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of
Police, John George, said with the most recent officers added to the force the
city now has 1,000 officers. However the
newest officers won’t be able to work on their own for a few months. Still, George says, the city allotment for
police officers is 1,076.
The Oklahoma City FOP says the city needs to add about
200 to 250 new officers to the ranks to keep up with Oklahoma City’s growing
crime rate. George says more officers
would mean faster response time, better investigations and more patrols in
high-crime areas. He believes more
officers could also attack the city’s growing gang problem.
However, more officers may not be the sole solution to
reducing violent crime in Oklahoma City.
Criminologist Dr. Howard Kurtz says more police officers will help, but
he believes the solution to fixing crime lies in fixing at-risk youth.
Dr. Kurtz says the city needs to invest in children in
at-risk areas of the city by creating more programs that will offer
alternatives to gangs, though a sports team alone won’t fix troubled
teens. Dr. Kurtz says the focus needs to
be using programs to also teach values and self-control to children who don’t
have either in their homes.
Posted: Tuesday, January 1 2013, 09:51 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornadoes level homes in Okla., 1 dead
May 20, 2013 04:38 GMT
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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say a tornado that severely damaged a mobile home park southeast of Oklahoma City killed a 79-year-old man whose body was found in an open area of the neighborhood.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth also said that six people who lived in the mobile home park were injured. Between 30 and 35 homes had significant damage, and number of frame homes in the neighborhood also sustained damage.
The storms were part of a severe weather outbreak that stretched from Texas to Minnesota. Twisters were also reported Sunday in Iowa and Kansas.
Forecasters had warned residents about impending severe weather since last Wednesday, and also caution that parts of the nation's midsection will see severe weather on Monday too.
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