TULSA - When Tulsa voters were considering nearly a billion dollars in capital improvements, the "Fix Our Tulsa" package, one topic that came up any number of times was the badly obsolete Tulsa police computer information system.
Developed in the 1970s by city engineers, it was state of the art at the time.
But that was before modern computer networks, the Internet, cloud computing, and all the modern communication devices and protocols taken for granted by Americans.
Now, TPD's in a position where the department can't communicate or transfer data in real time with other law enforcement agencies -- including even the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
So City Councilor G.T. Bynum and others were more than a little curious why when recommendations were presented last week for which Fix Our Tulsa projects should begin first, the TPD system wasn't at the top of the list.
"In Tulsa," Bynum told KRMG, "we're in a public safety black hole...because of that, a lot of criminals get away."
He was at the meetings where the public expressed what they wanted done, and the police computer system was definitely on their minds.
"This was one of the top priorities that people spoke to at those meetings," he said.
The recommendation was that the city's financial software get an upgrade first, and Bynum says he understands that's also very important.
But he believes public safety should be the top priority.
The city council doesn't meet this week, but will take the issue up again after Easter.