TULSA - Tulsa police rely on tips from the public to help make the city safer and solve crimes, but all too many people with knowledge about crimes never come forward.
That's the philosophy behind a plan to form a public safety task force.
The idea was proposed by District 9 Councilor G.T. Bynum, and has been endorsed by other councilors as well as law enforcement officials, including TPD Chief Chuck Jordan.
The idea is for police, deputies, marshals, the Crime Commission, and other experts to put their heads together and come up with a plan to make the Crime Stoppers tipline even more effective than it has been, and to combat the "no snitching" culture so prevalent on the streets.
"We depend on citizens, when they see something, to call it in," says Dist. 5 Councilor Karen Gilbert.
She says that just doesn't always happen. "The Kayla Ferrante case, there were no tips called in. There were a few tips that were called in on the Best Buy (shooting case,) and very few even on the Good Friday shootings."
She says the reason seems pretty clear.
"Everyone's afraid to call in for their own safety. So, that's the purpose of this task force, is to see what we can do as city officials to ease the mind and to get citizens' help on solving crimes."
She says the task force hopes to meet as early as next week.