Norman Police Rollout Body-Worn Cameras

Date of Press Release: 
Mon, 05/01/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department implemented its body-worn camera program today with the deployment of 75 body-worn cameras and seven in-car video units. The use of body-worn cameras will allow for recording investigative contacts, aid in prosecuting criminal cases, and provide greater insight into calls for service and incidents.

NPD began researching body-worn cameras in 2012 as a way to update the department’s technology and increase overall transparency. After a comprehensive research and field testing process, the department entered into an agreement with WatchGuard Video in December 2016 to provide the necessary equipment associated with the use of body-worn and in-car cameras. The department elected to use the Vista WiFi model body-worn camera and the 4RE model in-car video system. All retained recordings will be maintained onsite.

The initial purchase of 75 cameras, operated via a kiosk system, allows cameras to be utilized by officers in patrol, traffic, investigations, uniform support, and animal welfare divisions. All cameras are now available for use and are quickly becoming a valuable tool for both the department and its officers.

The implementation of body-worn cameras is another way the Norman Police Department is working to provide transparency to the public. While we believe that the use of these cameras will significantly benefit both the community and our officers, we know that no technology is a perfect solution to all situations. Body-worn cameras have limitations; however we believe that in the end the community and its officers will benefit from their use.

Public Safety Sales Tax I funded the purchase of both the body-worn and in-car video systems. Further information regarding the policies and procedures relating to the department’s body-worn camera program can be found at http://normanpd.normanok.gov/pd/body-cameras.