TPD chief: 'We have to get the community involved' in helping to solve crimes
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 5:45 PM
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Thursday he would support an effort by the City Council to immediately establish a public safety intelligence working group to explore ways to improve communication between residents and police.
“We have to get the community involved,” in helping to solve crimes, Jordan told councilors during an afternoon committee meeting.
Jordan was asked to attend the meeting to answer questions in the wake of Monday’s quadruple homicide at the Fairmont Terrace apartment complex, 1111 E. 60th St.
City Councilor G.T. Bynum, who represents the district in which the killings occurred, proposed creating the working group.
“What I am hearing is, ‘What can we be doing to make the community safer?’” Bynum said.
The working group would include officials from the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the mayor’s office and local media representatives, Bynum said.
Bynum said the working group would report back to the council in 30 days.
Four women were killed Monday at the apartment complex.
The dead included Rebeika Powell, 23; Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23; Misty Nunley, 33; and Julie Jackson, 55, were found shot to death in an apartment about 12:35 p.m. Monday. Powell’s 3-year-old son was found unharmed in the apartment.
Anyone with more information about the shootings is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677), online at tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers or via text message at CRIMES (274637). Text tips should begin with “Tip918.” Tipsters can remain anonymous and may earn a reward.
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan talks with city councilors about the quadruple murder investigation progress during their regular meeting at City Hall Thursday in Tulsa. Behind Jordan is coucilor Jack Henderson. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World