Tulsa FOP Members,
Riverside Division Halloween Haunted Precinct Tonight
Brother Jonathan Brooks and the officers of the Riverside Division are hosting a Halloween Haunted Precinct tonight 1700-1900 hours. All FOP members and their families are invited to participate. There will be lots of candy, prizes, and games for both children and adults. There will also be police equipment on display for those in attendance to see. Below is a link with more information.
Gill’s Barber Shop Offers Free Haircuts to Police Officers November 4th
Gill’s Barber Shop at 6935 S. Sheridan Rd. wants to cut your hair for free next Monday, November 4th until 1700 hours. All you need is your badge/police ID to get your free lowering of the ears. Regina with Gill’s said they wanted to show their appreciation for all you do for the community. Go by and see them Monday!
Take-Home Cars Outside the City Limits
Many of you are curious about the timing of the outside the city take-home car for a fee issue. As lawyers do, they are still ironing out the final language of the tentative agreement. The verbal agreement is that in the end, officers who live within 40 miles of 41st and Yale will be allowed to drive their City vehicles home for a fee of $.24 per mile, round trip, from the nearest city limits to your residence per day. If you are assigned to 5-8s shifts, you multiply the daily amount by 20 to get your monthly fee. If you work 4-10s, you multiply the daily amount by 14 to get your monthly fee. This amount will be constant as long as you are enrolled in the voluntary program. It will not fluctuate based on vacation time, extra shifts worked, call-ins, etc. So it’s a flat rate so to speak.
Again, that is the verbal agreement and it has not been signed yet by the City. They have also verbally agreed to sign an MOU on this as soon as we get the language finalized and it is approved by the FOP membership. That way we don’t have to wait until we have a final contract on that one issue. It could be implemented within a month or less of the signing of the tentative agreement.
For questions on this, contact Brother Jeff Downs or any member of the negotiations team.
Mayoral Election Watch Party
The Tulsa mayoral election will be November 12th. We will be hosting a watch party at the FOP Lodge for those interested in attending. We’ll have some light snacks an drinks. We hope you can come out and join us beginning at 1900 hours.
Oktoberfest Party Successful
Our Oktoberfest Party at the Lodge was a huge success. It was very well attended and the pitchers with our logo on them were a hit. We hope to continue this next year. I want to specially thank Ms. Jessica Caswell, Marcie Brannon, Jean Vanlandingham, Ryan Perkins, Mark Secrist, Ron Bartmier, Dan Ward, Mrs. Tyran Parish, Robbie Bowman, and Jonathan Lartigue for all their work on the event. Brother Lartigue used his family connections to get the authentic German food from Siegi’s at wholesale cost. It was delicious!
I know there were others I failed to mention that helped and I apologize. So many chipped in to make the event memorable. And finally, thanks for all that attended. A good time was had by all.
I attended IST all last week and wanted to compliment all of the instructors and the academy staff for what was a great week of training. Every class was useful and necessary and will no doubt make us all better officers and supervisors. Please remember to fill out the evaluation form and let our Department leaders know your thoughts on the week’s activities. The FOP leadership strongly encouraged management to try the 40-hour block of training and even offered it as a proposal for the contract. That didn’t happen but we did get 8 hours of LEDT guaranteed annually last year in the contract. I applaud Chief Jordan and the staff for step by step getting our department back to one of the best trained police forces around.
FOP Elections Coming Up
Nominations for FOP Lodge officers will be accepted at the November 20th regular Lodge meeting. Members must have attended at least 6 meetings during the past 12 months to be eligible to hold office. Attached to this email is a list of those with the required number of meetings or those only needing one or two more. I encourage ANYONE who wants to get involved and help make our FOP better to run for any office including mine. The more members involved in FOP business the better.
Elections will be held on the FOP website in December.
Clay A. Ballenger