Tulsa police and other agencies arrested 92 people, recovered 29 guns, seized pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana, and issued dozens of warrants during a recent five-day sweep to curb violent crime.
The citywide operation targeted individuals with a history of violence or who were wanted on warrants involving violent crimes, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Although many of the offenders had gang affiliations, there was no emphasis on a particular group.
“It was mainly targeting violent individuals and trying to get guns off the street,” Jordan said.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office awarded a $74,000 grant to assist TPD with combating violent crime and human trafficking. The law enforcement sweep began Saturday and concluded Wednesday.
TPD Maj. Wendell Franklin, who coordinated the efforts, said officers “disrupted their lives” by changing their hours and working a significant amount of overtime to carry out the operation, which followed about two or three weeks of planning.
“The police work is getting harder and harder to do, and for these guys to go out and do what they did with what they did and the way that they did it, not having to use significant amounts of force, I applaud their efforts,” Franklin said.
The Safe Oklahoma Grant Program is designed to help law enforcement target violent crime by providing funds for equipment upgrades, technology and overtime, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
More than 50 officers and agents from several agencies — including the FBI, the ATF and the District Attorney’s Office — took part.
“The cooperation of over 50 officers and agents working together to arrest dozens of people, confiscate nearly 30 guns and remove pounds of illegal drugs that dealers were looking to sell to men, women and children is nothing short of remarkable,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement.
In addition to the 92 arrests and 29 guns recovered, authorities served 16 search warrants and seized 3.92 pounds of marijuana and 4.8 pounds of meth.
Noting the operation’s success, Jordan said it’s the first of many to be conducted in the coming months as part of his department’s focus on intelligence-led policing.
“We’ll do this as long as it takes,” he said. “We don’t have a set time to start or stop. We’re going to start pretty soon, and we’re going to stop when we feel we have things a little more under control in our city.”