Oklahoma Co. Commissioners To Discuss, Vote On Contract For Bodycams For Sheriff's Office


Tuesday, July 6th 2021, 7:26 am
By: Colby Thelen


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office could be one step closer to equipping deputies with body-worn cameras.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma County Commissioners will discuss and vote on whether to renew a contract with Axon Enterprise Inc., the maker of the Axon Body 3 cameras.

The sheriff’s office requested the purchase of 40 cameras and accessories. It would be a total cost of more than $70,000.

The accessories include docks, cords, tech assurance, and the Signal Sidearm, which is a device that alerts Axon cameras when a weapon is drawn.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said it was a top priority while running for the office.

In December, he said the cameras are necessary.

“We need to make sure we have unbiased evidence to present to our public within the event of any type of incident. We need to be able to say there's no hearsay, there's no witness statements, Here's the facts,” Johnson said.

OCSO said the purchase would be a start. The office hopes to equip all deputies with cameras in the future.

County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday.