There will be 26 vacancies in the police department until Thanksgiving, he said. The authorized strength is 171 officers.
Keesee also updated the board on programs including the COP annual work plan, including the Annual Safety Town Program at Sooner Mall which was recently completed, citizen satisfaction surveys, which are currently in progress, and National Night Out.
Keesee said National Night Out will actually be moved to October this year instead of August because warm weather is potentially causing a low turn-out.
A financial report also was given, which mostly drew attention to the highest expenditure which was the purchase of the two fire apparatus in June. The apparatus’ cost about $942,000. Total expenditures for the fiscal year to date were $10,720,267.
Board members also established topics for the next agenda which included a tour of Fire Station No. 9. The newest fire station, located at 3001 Alameda Drive, is nearing completion, Fullingim said.
In September the board also will visit the police shooting range.