OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time in 24 years, the Oklahoma City Police Department is making some major changes.
The department is changing the patrol boundaries in an effort to cut down response time, especially on the city’s south side.
A new station is under construction right now near S.W. 54th St. and Portland.
The new patrols will go into effect today.
Before today, the Sante Fe Division patrolled the entire south side of the city.
Now the south half of the city is split into two different parts.
- Hefner Division – From NW 10th St. North to the city limits; From Penn Ave. West to the city limits
- Springlake Division – From NW & NE 10th St. North to the city limits; From Penn Ave. East to the city limits
- Sante Fe Division – From NW 10th and SW 29th Streets to the city limits; From Western & Penn Avenues East to the city limits
- Southwest Division – From NW 10th St. to the city limits; From Western & Penn Avenues West to the city limits
“We’re hoping this split will allow officers to respond to calls on the south side a little quicker,” Capt. Dexter Nelson said. “It will place more officers on the south side to handle that call volume.”
The business owner we spoke to said the new patrol boundaries will make them feel safer.