TULSA, OK — A 16-year legal battle between the Tulsa Police Department and the Black Officers Coalition ended Wednesday with some stipulations that will shake up the police department. One of those stipulations is term limits – meaning any police officer who has been in a specialty unit or a combination of units for 15 years, must leave and go back to patrol.
with the Goree Family Trust spoke about the diminishing; but importance of community policing.
The department doesn’t know yet how many officers are affected.
Those against term limits say people should be allowed to stay in a unit as long as they’re doing a good job, that it should be based on their performance, not a number.
Those in favor of them, say it’ll make those units accessible to more people, especially minorities.
Six of the 13 members of Tulsa’s homicide squad are minorities.
Term limits mean three members of the squad, including Sergeant Mike Huff and one minority would have to leave. Another minority officer would be booted next year.
The idea behind term limits is to allow more people a chance to work in these units that include homicide, robbery, burglary, sex crimes, family violence, child crisis, narcotics, gangs, and traffic units.
Many local recipients of former Tulsa Black Officer Scholarship funds have come forward to support the TBOC due to their tremendous work in the black communities.