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TULSA, OK -- The Crime Pre­ven­tion Net­work held its monthly meet­ing at Speedy Gon­za­les restau­rant last Thurs­day, where com­mu­nity mem­bers and lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cials ex- changed ideas on how to make Tulsa a safer place.

Tulsa is more than dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age when it comes to vi­o­lent crimes, and al­most as high in prop­erty crimes. The city’s His­panic pop­u­la­tion is dis­pro­por­tion­ately vic­tim­ized by crim­i­nals of all types, a prob­lem of­ten at­trib­uted to ap­pre­hen­sion about con­tact­ing law en­force­ment to re­port be­ing a vic­tim of or a wit­ness to a crime.

An on­go­ing goal of the group is to find ways to in­crease trust be­tween mem­bers of the His­panic com­mu­nity and the po­lice who are there to pro­tect them, and mem­bers of the Musko­gee Po­lice Depart­ment shared some of the outreach ef­forts be­ing done in their city that are be­gin­ning to show signs of suc­cess.

Tulsa County District At­tor­ney Steve Kun­zweiler par­tic­i­pated in the dis­cus­sion, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Tulsa Po­lice Depart­ment, the Tulsa County Sher­iff’s Office, and the City of Tulsa, as well as many other busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, and com­mu­nity lead­ers and con­cerned res­i­dents. (La Se­m­ana) Photos cour­tesy of Alex Gómez.

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