OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are looking to improve response times on the city’s south side.
For the first time in 24 years, the department is overhauling their patrol divisions.
The Will Rogers station will no longer be used for everyday patrol.
It’s being replaced with a new station on the southwest side.
“In an emergency situation, the quicker the response, the better it is for us,” said Marcie White.
Marcie owns an Avon business along SW 59th.
Just down the street, a new police station on Portland is nearing completion.
That will allow the police department to change the boundaries of their patrol divisions.
“We’re going to use our resources more effectively,” said Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson.
One map shows the current patrol boundaries.
The entire south side of the city is patrolled by the Sante Fe division.
A new map shows how that will change by essentially splitting the south half of the city into two different quadrants.
“We’re hoping this split will allow officers to respond to calls on the south side a little quicker,” said Nelson. “It will place more officers on the south side to handle that call volume.”
The Will Rogers division will be eliminated and converted to service the department’s tactical unit and bomb squad, but the changes definitely give some peace of mind to those on the southwest side.
“It’ll just make us feel safer,” said White. “I haven’t had any major issues in 8 years, but it’s good to know help is just down the road.”
There are a few changes being made to the Hefner and Springlake boundaries, but those are relatively minor.
As for a timeline, police officers will begin their new patrols in three weeks, although it will take a little longer for construction to wrap up at the new station on south Portland.