Council Equality Indicators Initiative


The following information is extensive and includes links to hours of public meetings and hundreds of pages of documents and reports. All this information is presented in the spirit of transparency to provide citizens with everything considered and reviewed by City Councilors. Additional information will be added to this page as it reviewed over the course of this initiative.

In 2018, the City of Tulsa partnered with the Community Service Council to produce the first Equality Indicators report. This annual report uses data to measure equality as it relates to six themes: economic opportunity, education, housing, justice, public health, and services in Tulsa. Each theme is broken down into topics. The 2018 report was released to establish a statistical baseline for understanding inequity in Tulsa. The City is working to find collective solutions to items highlighted in the report. As a part of this collective process, the Council voted in March to hold Special Meetings related to the topics under the fourth theme: justice.

Goals First Adopted by the Tulsa City Council:

  1. Building trust between the residents of Tulsa and Law Enforcement.
  2. Improving transparency in city government especially as it pertains to justice.
  3. Providing an opportunity for community stakeholders to share their expertise and insight as to why the numbers exist as reported and make recommendations to improve outcomes.
  4. Ensuring that everyone knows the same statistical data and information, how it is reported and collected.
  5. Potentially leading to policy changes that will improve outcomes for Tulsans.

Read the full proposal:

Watch the discussion on the proposed public meetings format:

Four special meetings were scheduled to begin in the summer. For each meeting, the Council heard from and asked questions of panelists of experts and professionals from a variety of fields. Public input on questions and issues the Councilors should address to each panel were received from the public at the regular Wednesday Council meetings held a week prior to each of the special meetings.

Special meetings focused on the following selected equality indicators:

  1. June 26: racial and gender disparities in police arrests of juveniles

Video of the Special Meeting Part I:
Video of the Special Meeting Part II:

Video of Public Comment on June 19: Item 8b starts at 55:18

2. July 17: racial disparities in police use of force and current practices to improve outcomes

Video of the Special Meeting Part I:
Video of the Special Meeting Part II:

Video of Public Comment on July 10: Item 8b starts at 2:02:15

3. August 14: minority and gender underrepresentation in the police department and current practices to improve recruitment and retention of minority officers

Video of the Special Meeting Part I:
Video of the Special Meeting Part II:

Video of Public Comment on August 7: Item 8b starts at 42:56

4. September 25: racial and gender disparities in police arrests of adults

Video of the Special Meeting Part I:
Video of the Special Meeting Part II:

Video of Public Comment on September 11: Item 8j starts at 34:00


Community Listening Session

Councilors also received comments and input from citizens on June 22 regarding the City of Tulsa Equality Indicators report on the theme of Justice. The session aimed to help inform Councilors' questions for the four special meetings on the equality indicators.

Video Part I:
Video Part II:
Video Part III:

Resources and Studies

Below are materials either reviewed by Councilors in preparation for the special meetings, or information that was presented to the Council relating to the equality indicators.

1. Tulsa Equality Indicators Annual Report 2018:

2. Tulsa Equality Indicators Annual Report 2019:

3. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Assessment Report 2017:

4. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Assessment Report 2018:

5. Gallup-Tulsa Citivoice Index Report 2018:

6. Tulsa Police Department Internal Affairs Annual Report 2017:

7. Tulsa Commission on Community Policing Findings and Recommendations:

8. Vera Center on Sentencing & Corrections Report to Tulsa County Stakeholders on Jail Reduction Strategies August 2017:

9. City of Tulsa's Community Policing Dashboard:

10. A Multi-Method Investigation of Officer Decision-Making and Force Used or Avoided in Arrest Situations, to examine Tulsa Police arrest and use of force decisions:

Video of the presentation to the Council on September 25:

11. "Get on the Ground!": Policing, Poverty, and Racial Inequality in Tulsa, Oklahoma - A Case Study of US Law Enforcement from Human Rights Watch:

Video of the presentation to the Council on October 16: Item 10 starts at 52:28



October 16 - Following the conclusion of the special meetings, Councilors worked to identify meeting outcomes, outline possible action steps and coordinate future work of the Council related to the equality indicators.


October 23 - As part of its review, Councilors identified the need to collaborate with other agencies and communities that affect Tulsans as it relates to justice. The first such meeting was with Tulsa County representatives, including Sheriff Vic Regalado and Chief Deputy County Commissioner John Fothergill, on the Tulsa County government structure as it relates to the Tulsa County Criminal Justice System.

Handout describing, in general, the duties of the county sheriff:


October 30 - Councilors specified the need to identify other stakeholders who may also be working on issues related to the equality indicator themes of justice. Councilors met with the following groups, whose members are subject matter experts, to get an update on their work and identify any areas where working together could be beneficial while ensuring no duplication of efforts:

Hannibal B. Johnson with the Mayor's Police and Community Coalition (MPACC) discussed its activities to enhance police/community relations and its recommendations of best practices designed to enhance trust. MPACC was established in 2008 with the goal of building relationships between Tulsa Police leadership and the community. Further discussion centered on the Youth Forum and MPACC's partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, MPACC's role in policy-oriented questions rather than proposing policy and other strategies to build relationships and measure the success of those strategies.

Representatives of the police department's Citizen Advisory Board and Action Groups discussed their role and activities to foster collaboration between the police department and Tulsa's citizens.

The police department's Citizen Advisory Board began as a result of recommendations from the Mayor's Police and Community Coalition (MPACC). It acts as a sounding board for the Police Department and the community. The police chief meets quarterly with the 12 members of the Chief's Advisory Board. Each member brings information back to their communities. Each patrol division has a Citizen Action Group of 6-8 community members, who bring insight on community issues.

Major Laurel Roberts discussed Project Trust, a group of Tulsa Police officers who go into schools and provide an in-depth introduction to law enforcement. Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish, Aliye Shimi, Executive Director of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, and Danny Williams, Partner with the Law Firm, Conner and Winters, also spoke.


November 20 - Councilors discussed a revised schedule, framework and processes to be followed for the Council's work related to the Equality Indicators. It was the consensus of the Council to move forward with a facilitated, structured decision-making process. The first part of the process is to hold a debriefing of each of the four Special Meetings to identify problems and key themes.

Video: Item 13 starts at 1:00:19

Councilors held a debriefing of the Equality Indicators Special Meeting held August 14 which covered racial and gender disparities in Tulsa Police Department employees.

Handout summarizing the contents of the August Special Meeting:

Handout from the Tulsa Police Department at the August Special Meeting regarding TPD demographics and recruiting efforts:

Handout from the Community Service Council at the August Special Meeting on selected key strategies for equitable policing, community trust development and crime reduction:


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