Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan has responded to demands from a recent news conference from “We the People of Oklahoma” and their request for policy changes within the Tulsa Police Department.
“I would like to address the three issues separately,” Jordan said. “We are currently working on placing all of our Policy and Procedures on our website.
“Currently, TPD can request a blood or urinalysis test if a supervisor believes any officer is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. TPD does have the ability to request a psychiatric evaluation on any officer if deemed necessary. City policy and the Collective Bargain Agreement do not allow drug testing or psychology evaluation without the presence of other indicators. Psychology testing results or even the fact that such testing is performed is not subject to public record. Actions taken as a result of drug testing or psychology evaluations would be accessible to the public in the form of a department order detailing resolution of the issue.
“TPD does not revise reports. Supplemental reports are only submitted as further evidence becomes known. Because of privacy issues and state guidelines, only the cover sheet of the reports is released to the public. The narratives of these reports are not subject to open records.
“Since becoming the Chief of Police, I have always maintained an open door policy. I’m not opposed to sitting down with any organization and discussing ways to improve my department’s communication with all citizens of Tulsa.”
“We the People of Oklahoma” is an activist group.