Pryor Creek Police officers to get body cameras after purchase approved Tuesday

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 20:54:45-05

PRYOR, Okla. - "You can't be too careful."

That was the sentiment of Pryor Creek Police Chief Dennis Nichols after his force became the latest department to get body cameras.

The department will spend approximately $32,500 on 23 body cameras for its officers.

The purchase of the cameras was approved Tuesday night.

Officers will now have backup in form of a camera worn on their uniforms...a former luxury that's turned into necessity.

"It doesn't really leave questions as to what we're dealing with," said officer Chris Penland.

Police Chief Nichols said transparency is everything to officers today.

"If there's been some accusations made against them as far as excessive force, abusive language, it's going to show exactly what did happen," he said.

Officers like Penland say the new cameras are a relief, knowing the city he risks his life for is working to keep him honest and safe.

"It means a lot to me. Probably means a little bit more to my wife. She likes to see me come home at the end of the night," he said. 

Officers expect to have the cameras up and running in about six weeks.

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