What is the Consent Decree?
Note: Previously, this information was available directly from the Tulsa Police Department's website, here.
However, the Department has undergone a site redesign and is no longer publishing this material, or, if they are, it is not clear where. We do not know whether it is actually required
of them to report it anymore. It was originally required as part of a legal requirement that may have expired by now.
NOTE: Use of Force Reports (under Officer Stats) now include Conducted Energy Weapon Use (ie, Tazer™), and Flash Sight Diversionary Device (ie, "Flash-Bang Grenade") use.
On May 23, 2003 the City of Tulsa and a plaintiffs’ class of African American
Officers agreed to end nine years of litigation in order to serve the Department
and the Tulsa Communities better. This agreement, known as the Consent
Decree, created numerous policy and procedural changes within the City
of Tulsa Police Department. These changes include:
Accreditation- The Department will undergo accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Goals of Accreditation are to establish
fair and non-discriminatory practices, improve crime prevention and control
capabilities, formalize management procedures, improve service delivery, improve
interagency cooperation, and coordination and increase Public confidence in the
Tulsa Police Department.
Collection - The Department will implement a data-collection system
to collect and analyze specific data such training, productivity, commendations,
Public Education - The purpose of the Public Education Plan
is to inform citizens about the Decree itself, and to educate citizens about
proper police functions, Fourth Amendment rights, procedures for commending
officers and complaint procedures.
Specialty Assignments - Specialty assignments normally refer
to those assignments that are not subject to the current bid process (normally
non-patrol assignments). All such assignments will be based upon merit and
fitness. Under normal circumstances, recruiting specific individuals without
regard to all other applicants is prohibited.
Tulsa Black Officers’ Coalition - The Tulsa Black Officers’
Coalition is recognized as a professional community service organization which
is an asset to the TPD and the City. The Coalition also serves as a support
group to the African American officers within the TPD.
Training Curriculum - Officers at all levels will receive
training in the methods and the strategies to develop partnerships in policing
and how to access community resources.
Retaliation - The Department shall forbid any form of
retaliation against a citizen who assists in bringing forth a complaint of civil
Partnership in Policing - The Department strongly encourages
citizens to participate in the development of proactive and creative strategies
for solving crimes.
Complaint Process - The Office of Integrity and
Compliance has primary responsibility for the investigation and management
of complaints filed against employees. Citizens may initiate a complaint, orally
or in writing, in person, by phone, by letter, by fax, online at this web site or
anonymously. Anonymous complaints will be investigated in the same manner as any