FOP Creates Officer Fund

Tulsa, OK – Union creates fund for furloughed officers

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Fraternal Order of Police has established a fund to accept donations to pay the salaries of laid off Tulsa police officers.

The city laid off 21 officers last week due to budget cuts. Eighteen have been rehired using federal stimulus funds.

The FOP says it will make no more concessions about its benefits. But FOP President Phil Evans said Friday police are committed to helping the city seek out more stable funding sources to provide for essential city services.

The union has established the "FOP Save the City Fund" and hopes to collect at least $100,000. Evans says the money would be given to the city so it could rehire the remaining three laid-off officers. If this doesn't happen, donations will be returned to contributors.