Council task force recommends business cards as a small step in building trust in TPD

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A council task force tasked with finding ways to improve trust and accountability in the Tulsa Police Department is still developing potential policies, but it has made one suggestion: business cards for every officer .

During a recent visit to Sand Springs police, task force members learned that each officer carried business cards there with their name and contact information to give to people they encountered.

Councilwoman Lori Decter Wright said it would be an easy way to humanize officers in situations that can be stressful for people who don’t trust them.

“I think it’s worth it, and we’re seeing in a nearby community where it’s really helped their whole program. It’s a tool in the toolbox. I’ve got my name, and now I need yours,” Decter Wright said.

Decter Wright said Sand Springs has other best practices in place, such as publishing an annual policing plan developed with community input and citizen oversight.

Councilor Connie Dodson said the personalized contact handing out business cards could also help people who see a problem in their community but are reluctant to call the police department.

“Because some of these complaints, people don’t want to call, ‘I think my neighbor is on drugs,’ or whatever. But that kind of leaves part of that process behind the scenes so they can let someone know they are concerned about the activities without really implicating them,” Dodson said.

Council working groups develop policy recommendations to address disparities in policing and the justice system identified in the annual Equality Indicators Report.

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