Tulsa Police Department testing out potential body cameras to provide transparency

Posted at 12:16 PM, Nov 02, 2016

TULSA - Local authorities could soon have new body cameras to provide transparency for Tulsa police.

Several different types of body cameras will be tested out in the field by officers who frequently come in contact with citizens.

Tulsa police say these new body cameras will also show the public how good the officers are at doing their job.

Within the next few weeks, reports Tulsa police, around 40 body cameras are expected to be distributed to department personnel.

TPD reports that those who will be “field testers” will include officers with the motorcycle unit, evening shift and graveyard officers. Tulsa police went on to say that the field test will be conducted until the end of the year.

TPD is the only city in state of Oklahoma that's has been awarded funding through this program. The department received $599,200 in matching funds from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for the cameras. The entire program costs $1.2 million.

TPD says the first phase of the program will take a couple of months and they plan on having more than 400 cameras on officers by September 2017.

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