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Public Safety Capital Projects
City of Oklahoma City

The Police and Fire Equipment dedicated temporary one-half cent sales tax was approved by voters on March 14, 2000.

For 32 months, citizens paid an extra one-half cent on every dollar worth of items purchased in Oklahoma City, with the commitment that the money would be spent on the following items:

Emergency warning sirens

sirenA network of 181 emergency warning sirens went online in April, 2002. It cost $4.5 million - a half-million less than projected.

The sirens replace the cold war-era sirens that covered only the most densely populated parts of the City.

 

Police vehicles and equipment

police carMore than 300 cars, trucks and other vehicles will be added to the fleet. About half have already been purchased.

 

Police helicopters

Police helicopterTwo police helicopters were purchased with temporary dedicated sales tax revenue. While one flies, the other undergoes regular maintenance at the Police Department's mid-town hangar.

Fire vehicles and apparatus

fire engineThe City is under budget on its purchase of 70 pieces of firefighting equipment, which includes brush pumpers, sedans, and a new mobile command post.

Citywide trunked radio system

walkie talkieFor years, there has been no way for a police supervisor and a fire chief to communicate with each other by radio, even if they were at the same incident (a large fire, for example, that needed streets blocked).

Trunked radio will give City agencies the ability to talk directly with each other via radio for the first time, and will improve the speed and reliability of communication.

It will take about 28 months to install the system.

A contractor was chosen in January, 2002.

Emergency communications center

Architect computer graphic of new 911 centerThe new $4.6 million communications center has been built downtown to be the answering and dispatch location for Oklahoma City police and fire 911 calls.

This is the newest addition to the police and fire projects. It will replace the communications center now housed in a converted bomb shelter near the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Information systems

Police, Fire, EMSA, and the City's IT department are working with a consultant to lay the groundwork for a new information processing system.