The Tulsa Police Department investigates all citizen complaints against its officers and employees, but they must be made within one year of the occurrence for a fast and thorough response with reasonable resolution for the victim. If a complaint is made after a year, it is considered, based on the complexities of the case, but in a case of sexual assault, it is best to make the complaint as soon as possible after the event, in the hopes that physical evidence will hold up claims in court. Sexual assault is a criminal offense, and if proven, will carry harsher penalties. Sexual harassment/misconduct by a Tulsa police officer is when any unwelcome sexual advance, request or demand for sexual favors has taken place. Verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature during the course of a law enforcement officer’s job is also considered a method of police brutality and is subject to civil and criminal action.
Internal affairs involvement.
The Tulsa Police Department Internal Affairs Unit is charged with upholding the public trust by performing thorough, unbiased investigations of alleged employee misconduct especially investigations of actions of excessive force, sexual harassment, false arrest and wrongful imprisonment, wrongful search and seizure, and racial and gender discrimination, while seeking the truth ensuring that all persons involved are treated with respect and their rights are protected. An attorney can help with this process.
Fill out the complaint form which is accessible online and can be printed and mailed to Tulsa Police Department, 600 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103; or
Delivered to the Internal Affairs Department in Suite 305 at the same address;
Delivered to Tulsa Police Uniform Divisions in Mingo Valley, Gilcrease, or Riverside;
Made via telephone call to 918-596-9379;
Write a personal letter to the Chief of Police;
Made anonymously to the Internal Affairs hotline at 918-596-1355;
or sent online to TPDInternalAffairs@cityoftulsa.org
When the complaint is received it is reviewed regarding the nature and severity of the complaint and where it will be assigned for internal review. It may be assigned to the employee’s direct supervisor or an internal affairs investigator. Sexual assault cases may be assigned to the State.
Excessive force is the most publicized type of police brutality, but it is not the only violation of police brutality. If you feel you have been compromised by police brutality through:
Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death.
False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
Racial and Gender Discrimination – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.
Sexual assault or harassment – using a position of authority for unwanted sexual advances or harassment.
Seek legal counsel.
Policy brutality of all types is illegal and can be remedied in favor of a victim if they come forward and report it to the Police Department. If you feel that you, or someone you know has been negatively affected by sexual assault or harassment by an officer of the law in Tulsa, or suffered from any form of Police Brutality, contact an experienced legal professional at The Henson Law Office for a case consultation.