Taylor Announces House Approval of Federal Appropriations for
The United States House of Representatives on Thursday, June 18, passed the FY10 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill that will serve to assist local law enforcement and crime prevention by providing federal funding to related programs of merit and need.
Among those programs receiving funding in the bill, the Tulsa Police Department has been appropriated $200,000 for its Law Enforcement Interoperability/Regional Expansion Project. This plan will serve to update the department?s outdated criminal records management system and implement a wireless broadband network to help improve the gathering, sharing, and dissemination of criminal information and intelligence within the department and among other law enforcement agencies in the region. Following the recent implementation of COMPSTAT, an intelligence-based policing model, is a leader in use technology for public safety.
“I commend Chief Ron Palmer, the Tulsa Police Department, Chief Technology Officer Ben Stout and his team for creating a technology plan that will move this region forward in improving and upgrading our public safety systems and communications,” said Mayor Kathy Taylor. “In addition, the work of our City of Tulsa Governmental Affairs Director Stuart McCalman, as well as the support and leadership provided by Rep. John Sullivan in Congress, were critical in getting this funding approved by the House.”
“It’s a credit to the technology plan put forward by the Tulsa Police Department and approved by Mayor Taylor that the House of Representatives included this funding in the final bill”, said McCalman..
The House will now wait on the Senate to pass its own version of this legislation. Once that occurs, the two versions will be resolved in a legislative conference and once final passage occurs in both chambers, the legislation will then be sent to the President to be signed into law.