01/19/2015 – The TPD Foundation held a kickoff fundraiser on January 14th with shocking results. The foundation was established in late 2014 to raise awareness and funds for the needs of the Tulsa Police Department that will benefit both officers and citizens by enhancing the safety and security of each.
The TPD Foundation will create several programs for donation to the Police Department based on officer and citizen needs. The first project will be funding the donation of 400 Conducted Electrical Weapons known as Tasers. The first donation of 100 Tasers will be made to the city within the next 45 days.
TPD Foundation Chairman Roger Chasteen, volunteered to be Tasered at the event. After dinner and a presentation by author and former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence James M. Olson, Chasteen was joined on stage by several officers. Demonstrating the Taser X2’s capabilities, Chasteen was Tasered in front of an audience of business leaders and their guests. Chasteen then walked back to the podium and continued his speech on the Taser’s inherent safety.
“Research shows that a department-wide use of Tasers reduces incidents of officer injury up to 86% and citizen injury up to 79%. It also lowers excessive force claims by 95% and workman’s comp claims by 93%” said Chasteen. “And there are countless examples of lives being saved due to the less lethal force applied by Tasers. I believe our police department, citizens and our city will greatly benefit from this program.”
The TPD Foundation is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.