Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced today that the Tulsa Police Department ordered 450 body-worn cameras for all police field officers.
Over the past several months, 40 Tulsa Police officers have field-tested the body-worn camera system throughout the city. TPD has found the camera system to be very beneficial as the body-worn cameras not only provide transparency, but have provided valuable video evidence in several investigations.
"The Tulsa Commission on Community Policing recommended deployment of body cameras for patrol officers, and this order is an important step in reaching our goal of deployment by the end of this calendar year," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "I am thankful for the Tulsa Police Officers who have voluntarily tested camera models in the field, and for the Police Department staff who worked hard to move this order forward expeditiously."
Many logistical and technical steps need to occur before the body-worn cameras are ready to fully deploy, but the Tulsa Police Department has reached an important milestone from transitioning to the testing phase to the large-scale deployment phase.
Before the body-worn camera system can be deployed, all patrol cars must receive hardware updates for the new body-worn cameras and officer training of the new system will occur.
The police body-worn camera system was one of 77 recommendations submitted by the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing. The Tulsa Police Department has made great strides in implementing recommendations important to the community. You can continue to track the progress of the recommendations by visiting, www.cityoftulsa.org/dashboards