|By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City police will have extra help preventing violent crime.
The department has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant program. Police Chief Brandon Clabes said the grant will help increase patrols in high crime areas and hot spots, by covering overtime expenses.
Clabes said the department’s technology allows them to accurately see crime trends in real time. That data is used to identify high crime areas and direct necessary patrols.
“We use our crime analysis to see peaks on those part one crimes and put our two-man teams in the field,” Clabes said.
The areas with the highest number of amount violent crime include NE 10thStreet between Air Depot Boulevard and Post Road, and the hotel/motel district near I-40 and Sooner Road. Clabes said they generally see rise in crime during spring, summer and fall.
The Midwest City Police Department was one of 11 agencies to receive the grant. Others included; Blanchard Police Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, Durant Police Department, Minco Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Shawnee Police Department, Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, and Tulsa Police Department.
A total of $1,466,539.23 was awarded through the grant program.
This is the third consecutive year the Midwest City Police Department has received the grant. The department received $78,000 in 2014 and $35,000 last year.
The Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant program, established in 2012, is funded through the Legislature and provides local law enforcement agencies with additional resources to fight violent crime in local jurisdictions through overtime patrols, enhanced technology and analytical capabilities.
“The Safe Oklahoma Grant program has been tremendously successful in achieving the objective of reducing violent crime in communities around Oklahoma,” said Attorney General Scott Pruitt in a press release. “By providing funds to offset the costs of implementing evidence-based policing strategies, local agencies can detect crime ‘hot-spots,’ put boots on the ground, or find other innovative ways to increase the safety of Oklahoma citizens.”
Midwest City will receive the grant money July 1.