Rogers County patrol cars getting cameras

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Updated: 6/06/2013 5:42 pm Published: 6/06/2013 4:33 pm

One law enforcement agency is getting another set of eyes on the road.

The Rogers County Sheriff's office will spend more than $300,000 over three years to put cameras in patrol cars.

FOX23's Abbie Alford looked at how the technology will promote officer safety.

When a deputy activates his lights and sirens the soon-to be installed cameras will capture everything that goes on, from inside the patrol car.

"It's more than just a dash cam that shoots out in front of the car," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.

It captures video in a 360-degree view and from the officer's lapels.

"The cameras would keep everyone honest," said Tina Horton, a Rogers County resident.

Cameras are about accountability and reducing the number of department complaints in court, the recordings can't be deleted or altered.

"If anyone wants to talk about total, truly, truly transparency I think this is the best example of it," said Walton.

They can also provide evidence in court.

"It comes down to a jury. Look at this, who are you going to believe, this or your lying eyes," said Walton.

"You can't get away with what you have on camera," said Horton.

The cameras also promote officer safety.

As part of this $300,000 package, the cameras can scan license plates, so an officer is alerted about a stolen car and wanted people.

"I drive this five days out of the week and there are a lot of people on the road that should not be on the road," said Horton.

There's about $19 million worth in warrants in the county.

"If (we get) only part of what we project this thing will pay for itself," said Walton.

And have fewer people trying to duck from the law, the cameras will help track down people without insurance as well as other things.

The sheriff hopes to have cameras on all of the patrol cars in a month and half. Deputies will also be getting wireless computers in all 25 patrol cars; that will let them stay on the street longer and write reports in the cars rather than in the office.

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Unwashed Mass - 6/7/2013 12:01 AM
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Reading a license plate -- which is one of the things these cameras do -- wont tell if a person has insurance or not, so that's at least one little white lie right there.
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