All non-supervisor Oklahoma City police officers use body-worn cameras on patrol. Read our policies here.
Patrol officers must activate body-worn cameras in most situations when performing their official duties on the job, including:
- during voluntary contact with people in public places;
- before detaining someone or using force;
- before exiting their patrol car on high-priority calls;
- during pursuits or sobriety tests;
- when in contact with someone who is uncooperative or agitated, or making statements about being in custody;
- when they’re asked to by a supervisor, and in other situations.
Officers may not activate cameras:
- when interviewing victims or witnesses and other involved or reporting parties;
- in situations where someone would have a reasonable expectation of privacy (unless the officer receives consent);
- in a healthcare facility;
- after a call or incident is resolved, and in other situations.
After completing body-worn camera training, each officer has a 90-day grace period for unintentionally failing to activate the camera when it’s required. A consistent pattern of failing to activate the camera during the grace period would potentially result in an administrative investigation and corrective action.
The cameras are distributed across patrol divisions and shifts. Officers check them out at a kiosks at each patrol division when they're on duty.