Oklahoma City to add police officers, firefighters to ranks
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City intends to add 81 police officers and 39 firefighters after voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase and the city, separately, saw sales tax collections climb for eight consecutive months.
The additions mean the city can follow through on a 2007 pledge to build two new fire stations — one in the southeastern part of the city and the other to the southwest.
The Oklahoman reports that a study recommended that Oklahoma City have 1,311 police officers. With the additional officers, the city would be about 75 positions short. The study was based on how long it takes to respond to life-threatening emergencies plus the ability to cover shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Voters approved the tax increase Sept. 12. The increase took effect Jan. 1.