Ever since Mayor Holt took office, Oklahoma City has plummeted to near the bottom of the “safe cities” list according to NeighborhoodScout.com, which tracks crime rates in major cities across the U.S. We received a Crime Index Rating of 5 out of 100 (100 being the best), meaning we are safer than a measly 5% of U.S. Cities…5 PERCENT!! That’s as bad as Austin, Texas!
In 2020 alone, 7.1% of our citizens were victims of violent crimes, almost 2.5 percentage points higher than the national average of 4.61%. Preliminary reports show that 2021 wasn’t any better. We had our highest level of homicides (91) EVER RECORDED…a 19% increase since Holt was sworn into office.
There are many reasons for this, of course, and I won’t go into all of them here (like Holt’s bungling of the massive influx of vagrants from the West Coast), but what is shocking to me is that you don’t hear Holt and his cronies pushing hard to ramp up the OKCPD. You don’t hear them working on plans to decrease the officer shortages, or outfit our police department with the best equipment money can buy. About ten years ago (I forget the actual year) an independent study showed that we were some 300 officers SHORT of what was considered necessary for a city our size. Yes, the OKCPD has the largest budget ever this year, but they’ll be lucky to graduate 50 candidates from this newest class.
Do you see Holt making this, the safety of his citizens, a top priority? Nope. All you get from Mayor Holt and his Marxist friends is a constant push for “de-escalation policies” under the misguided notion that not enforcing the law will break this cycle of crime. Under the guidance of the Mayor’s Law Enforcement Policy Task Force, the City recently contracted with 21CP Solutions to, “engage, analyze, and form recommendations regarding specific law enforcement practices and related topics”, according to the report the issued to the City.
For those of you who don’t know, 21CP Solutions is a “think tank” backed and staffed by members and proponents of the Vera Institute of Justice…the same organization that has helped organize the anti-police riots (and that’s what they are…riots) across the country in 2020.
This report lists no less than 39 different ways in which the OKCPD should focus on, among others, Alternative Response to Mental Health Crisis, Officer bias, Creation of a Neighborhood Safety/Violence Interruption Program, Homelessness, De-escalation, Youth Outreach, Officer Wellness, Procedural Justice, among others. While all of this sounds great (indeed, most of them are already implemented by our police force), nowhere in the suggestions do they mention the massive officer shortage, or propose ways of addressing it.
Despite our force’s low numbers, our officers have performed brilliantly. Let’s just look at some facts, shall we? In 2020, out of 872,414 police encounters with OKC residents, only 528 incidents were reported where any kind of force was used. That is only 0.6%. Of those, there were exactly 11…11 incidents of officer-involved-shootings. 11…out of 872,414 police interactions. That means .001% of all interactions, and only 2% of all use-of-force incidents, involved deadly force being used. All while our officers are forced to go out on most calls by themselves due to a lack of staffing.
We do NOT need to be tying up our fine Police Department in endless bureaucratic nonsense, when there’s simply not enough of them to keep the citizens we have safe…let alone the thousands of new citizens moving here monthly from Blue States to experience the “Oklahoma Standard!” Heck, many of those people were likely safer in the cities they came from than they will be here. How is this good for Oklahoma City?
Let me be clear, I am NOT bashing the OKCPD. They do an outstanding job with the resources they have. We should all be beaming with pride at the outstanding work of the men and women of our Oklahoma City Police Department!
What I am furious about is that our Mayor cares more about marching with anti-police, anti-law and order, violent mobs that storm through the heart of the city chanting “Burn the city down!” than in providing safety and security for his citizens! He cares more about trying to turn us into a “Big League City”, than he does providing an atmosphere of peace and prosperity for us all to enjoy.
Make no mistake, Holt IS turning us into a “big city”…along with all of the rampant crime problems that are usually reserved for cesspools like San Francisco and D.C. If we don’t make a change NOW to a Mayor who actually champions law and order, this city will become known as the Cesspool of the Prairie.
Now, of all of the candidates I’ve listened to (Hefner, Urbanic, Lawson) there is only one who has made public safety a top priority…and that’s Carol Hefner. It doesn’t really matter if the mayor doesn’t “shut us down” through mandates if we’re too afraid to leave our homes for fear of being shot, mugged, raped, or worse. Carol is the only candidate that seems to understand that peace ALWAYS comes through strength, and has demonstrated the political will to enforce it.
I’m going to put this as bluntly as I know how: if we do not elect Carol Hefner as Mayor of Oklahoma City, this city will be unlivable before the end of next year…period. I’ve seen what happens in other cities when leftist RINOs like Holt get their way. They promise all the shiny new projects while the city literally burns underneath them. Carol is the only one with the backbone and spine to put a stop to this while we still have time.
We all have a choice on February 8th…but the only choice that will keep our children and grandchildren from living in perpetual fear is Carol Hefner.
– Michael Adams, Citizen of Oklahoma City