Polic­ing award for Sand Springs

LAW EN­FORCE­MENT • City earns in­ter­na­tional award for com­mu­nity polic­ing ef­forts, evolv­ing plan

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Har­ri­son Grim­wood

For three years, Sand Springs po­lice have pub­lished their polic­ing plan — a liv­ing doc­u­ment guided by com­mu­nity in­put that dic­tates how the de­part­ment ought to con­duct it­self.

The doc­u­ment has be­come the guid­ing phi­los­o­phy for the de­part­ment, and the polic­ing plan and the an­nual ef­fort to im­prove it has gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. Sand Springs Po­lice Chief Mike Carter said com­mu­nity-ori­ented polic­ing is not for­eign for those in his de­part­ment.

“This isn't a new thing where we said `We're now go­ing to be be­liev­ing in com­mu­nity polic­ing,'” Carter said. “This is just a new for­mat for how we can demon­strate that.”

On Tues­day, the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice awarded to the de­part­ment and the Sand Springs com­mu­nity the Lead­er­ship in Com­mu­nity Polic­ing award for cities in their pop­u­la­tion bracket. Cisco Sys­tems, the tech­nol­ogy con­glom­er­ate, co-spon­sored the award with the IACP. Cisco rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in a blog post an­nounc­ing the win­ners of the award, rec­og­nized the de­part­ment for its polic­ing plan.

“Sand Springs of­fi­cers and the pub­lic have di­rect in­put into the an­nu­ally pro­duced plan, re­sult­ing in or­ga­ni­za­tional and com­mu­nity buy-in,” a Cisco spokesman wrote in the post.

The polic­ing plan was based, in part, on sug­ges­tions in­cluded in the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice re­port on po­lice ac­tiv­ity in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, af­ter the death of Michael Brown in 2014.

“You can't have com­mu­nity polic­ing be a one-way con­ver­sa­tion,” Carter said. “It can't be `let us tell you who we are, that we don't want to know what you want us to be.'”

While much of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice re­port on Fer­gu­son fo­cused on in­or­di­nate polic­ing and pun­ish­ment for peo­ple of color, es­pe­cially black cit­i­zens, the new poli­cies deal

the gen­eral pub­lic, said Mark Wood­ward, spokesman for the Ok­la­homa Bureau of Nar­cotics and Dan­ger­ous Drugs Con­trol.

Data that goes into the ODMAP app is col­lected by first re­spon­ders, of­ten within min­utes of ar­riv­ing at an overdose scene, of­fi­cials said. The re­spon­ders don't re­port iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion about the vic­tim to the app but do re­port the lo­ca­tion, age and gen­der of the vic­tim, along with in­for­ma­tion about whether the overdose was fa­tal, of­fi­cials said.

Scully said the state med­i­cal ex­am­iner al­ready is re­port­ing in­for­ma­tion on all Ok­la­homa overdose deaths for the app. Data about non­fa­tal over­doses will be­come more com­plete as roll­out of the app ex­pands.

The app con­tains an alert fea­ture that will al­low law en­force­ment of­fi­cials to be no­ti­fied if a cer­tain num­ber of over­doses are re­ported in a spe­cific area within a set time frame, he said.

Hav­ing that data avail­able so quickly will en­able law en­force­ment of­fi­cials to re­spond by de­ploy­ing ad­di­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors to prob­lem ar­eas or no­ti­fy­ing health pro­fes­sion­als and the pub­lic if a par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous batch of drugs has shown up in an area, he said.

The ODMAP ap­pli­ca­tion has been rolled out pre­vi­ously in other states. Its use in Ok­la­homa was rec­om­mended by the Ok­la­homa Com­mis­sion on Opi­oid Abuse, which was cre­ated at the rec­om­men­da­tion of Hunter, its chair­man. pack­age ap­proved by in 2016.

The two main el­e­ments of the project are trans­for­ma­tion of the his­toric con­ven­tion cen­ter arena into a 40,000-square-foot ball­room and the con­struc­tion of a three-story clear glass lobby on the east side of the build­ing.

The con­ven­tion cen­ter's kitchen and stor­age space will be up­graded and ex­panded as part of the project.

Pain­ter said the cur­rent phase in­volves cut­ting away at the con­crete ris­ers in the arena that used to be the base for seat­ing. The ris­ers are con­nected to the in­te­rior walls.

She said the work takes more time than typ­i­cal de­mo­li­tion be­cause crews are try­ing to cut away the ris­ers with­out dam­ag­ing the walls.

“It would be so much eas­ier to just smash it,” she said. “But we want to keep the shell of the build­ing in­tact.”

A 30,000-square-foot ball­room was con­structed in the Cox Busi­ness Cen­ter as part of an ear­lier cap­i­tal im­prove­ments pack­age. The new 40,000-square­foot ball­room is needed to ac­com­mo­date larger events, such as the Bass­mas­ter Clas­sic, which can take up the en­tire con­ven­tion cen­ter, and to pro­vide the space and flex­i­bil­ity to hold mul­ti­ple events at once, she said.

“Even the lit­tle bit that was taken out, you can re­ally see how vast the room is go­ing to be,” she said.

Crews are also re­mov­ing large, un­needed equip­ment such as boil­ers and clear­ing out the ceil­ing of the for­mer arena, she said.

In March or April, crews will be work­ing on the lobby area, she said, where ren­o­va­tions will in­clude re­moval of a stair­case and in­stal­la­tion of an es­ca­la­tor.

The en­tire project is ex­pected to be com­plete in Au­gust.

The con­ven­tion cen­ter opened March 8, 1964, as the Tulsa Civic As­sem­bly Cen­ter. It was re­named the James L. Maxwell Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in 1985 in honor of for­mer Mayor Jim Maxwell. In was later called the Tulsa Con­ven­tion Cen­ter be­fore be­ing re­named the Cox Busi­ness Cen­ter in 2013.

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