TPD Hoping For Body Cameras

Cameras, cameras everywhere, except on Tulsa Police officers. Something that could be changing very soon.

"There's a lot of public interest right now in body worn cameras," said TPD Sergeant Shane Tuell.

Fueled by what seems like a new incident virtually every week. And in this video age, many Tulsans are surprised to learn that TPD doesn't have them.

"I did about 5 years in internal affairs and that's one question that everyone always seemed to have was, 'Don't your officers have body worn cameras?'" he said.

At a cost of $1.2 million the answer up till now has been no. But the department now has half that money is seeking a federal grant for the the other half. The department says they have about 15 vendors, and the goal is to have some 40 officers testing various models within the next few months. If all goes well with the grant, it could be about a year before everyone has a camera.

"The public has a great interest in transparency from their local government," he said.

"I think it's a wonderful idea, that way it'll be one on one, there'll be great audio, you'll be face to face and it won't be assumptions," said one woman.

"I think that's a good idea," said Andree Stahl.

An idea that's spread far and wide. Ms. Stahl is visiting from Michigan.

Do you have them up in Michigan? "We do. As a matter of fact we had one police department purchase, the individuals purchase their own, for their own protection," she said.

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