Since 1917, the Tulsa Police Department has suffered the loss of 39 police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Every new police officer takes an oath of office which contains the following statement: “I will protect the Right, Lives, and Property of all citizens and uphold the honor of the Police Profession, with my life, if need be.” These 39 officers gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Tulsa.
In September 1996, a small group of individuals who shared a common dream came together to form the Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial Committee. This group consists of police officers, retired officers, officers' families, and police chaplains. Their dream is to build an everlasting memorial to honor Tulsa police officers who were killed in the line of duty; to create a place where police officers, family members of fallen officers, and citizens can come to honor those officers who bravely gave their lives in the line of duty.
Artist's rendition of the proposed Memorial, which will be located at the Tulsa Police Training Center.
As it is today.
The original proposed Memorial Park would feature a Wall of Memory, which would list the fallen officers' names in granite. There would also be bronze reliefs depicting different units within the Police Department. In front of the wall would be a statue of a Tulsa police officer handing a folded flag to the child of a fallen officer, as well as a replica of the Tulsa Police badge set in granite or tile.
Encircling that would be a Walk of Honor, a tree lined sidewalk with a walkway leading to each tree. A brick engraved with the officer's name would be set into each pathway, and the trees will shade a park bench and a plaque displaying information about each officer.
This is the architect's overhead view of the Memorial Park to be built on the
entry grounds of the Tulsa Police Training Center. This artwork prepared by
Tulsa Architect, Charles Ward.
As it is today.
The final plan changed parttly due to the layout of the property. The original concept stayed the same - a statue of a Tulsa Police Officer handing a folded flag to a child as the focal point. Behind the statue is a wall that has our Oath of Office highlighting the last line "...With My Life if Need Be." There is also a Walk of Honor where each officer has a station with a rememberance plaque and a bench.
Each year a candlelight vigil and memorial service is conducted the first weekend of May at the Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial to honor those Tulsa Police Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. National Police Week is the week of May 15th.
Estimated costs for the memorial are $450,000 for construction and another $200,000 for a permanent endowment to maintain the memorial. The endowment will be placed with the Tulsa Community Foundation.
The Tulsa Police Officers' Memorial Fund is a private trust. NO City of Tulsa or Police Department funds will be collected or used to build or maintain this memorial.