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Muskogee sheriff deploys body cameras to deputies

Posted at 10:49 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 23:49:38-05

It’s practically the standard now... body cameras on every police officer.

Not every department in Oklahoma can afford them.

Muskogee County’s sheriff’s office has joined the list of several rural communities now recording every call deputies make.

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office is now making sure its deputies are equipped.

Chief Deputy Michael Mahan said these new cameras could help deescalate tense situations.

"This is actually designed with a screen facing towards the person that you’re interacting with, so what the company tells us when someone sees themselves being recorded and they see actually what they’re doing, they know what they’re doing is being documented and can be shown later, so they say that sort of has an effect on them,” said Mahan.

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office said as of Monday all of its deputies will now have these body cameras—those screens can be turned off when the deputies have to be undercover or not give away a tactical position.

The cameras are funded by a grant from the Oklahoma Attorney General.


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