Sapulpa Police invest in new technology they wear

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/10/2013 9:47 pm Published: 12/10/2013 9:26 pm

A justice assistance grant provided nearly $10,000 to the city of Sapulpa. FOX23 found out the police department is using that money to purchase officer-worn cameras.

Like police units in other cities, Sapulpa police units are mounted with dash cams. However, they hope attaching cameras to the very uniforms the officers are wearing will boost surveillance and officer safety.

FOX23 spoke with Deputy Chief of Police Mike Haefner, who said the improved technology can be a big help for law enforcement.

"With cellphones and everything else, I think everybody knows that there are cameras everywhere, so just be aware that our officers before long will all be wearing these out here on the street," Haefner said.

Haefner also explained how they can be used in the field. "You can use them in crime scenes you can use them for victim statements."

And he said they're relatively cheap. The ones he wants to purchase can record up to 12 hours of video and only cost $300. "These that we're looking at will be well over 20 times cheaper or affordable than the in-car camera system; plus where the officer goes, the camera goes," said Haefner.

So FOX23 went to the Owasso Police Department, where officers are already using body cameras. We even got to test one of the body cameras out. So next time you're talking to an officer, just remember, you might be on camera too.

Back in Sapulpa, Haefner said people don't need to worry too much -- the cameras hold officers accountable too.

"If there's something that we need to fix, then we've also got the ability to look at that and address that issue as well."

And since they're so small and lightweight, they have the mobility to be anywhere.

"When officers are first there and people are arriving, you've got the ability to document and go back and look at the information," Haefner said.

Sapulpa will be placing an order for 33 cameras, which is enough for its patrolling officers.
The cameras should arrive by February 2014.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/10/2013 11:32 PM
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FYI, the video these collect is public record.

Unwashed Mass - 12/10/2013 11:31 PM
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It took only ten days for these cameras to catch a Sergeant in Collinsville beating up a drunk, so unless the officers tamper with them or are able to selectively turn them on and off, I imagine they will weed out some jaded Sapulpa cops desperately in need of retiring.
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