Plans for police body cameras gets go ahead from city leaders

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Plans to watch police officers as they work moves forward in Oklahoma City.

Today plans for a pilot program to outfit officers with body cameras were unveiled to the city council.

Police chief Bill Citty says he fully supports body cameras for his officers, but cautioned there are a lot of challenges.

The city may ask the state legislature to change the Open Records Act to allow the department to delay the release of videos during an active investigation.

The current pilot program calls for the police department to hire 4 civilian employees.

Those workers would manage the cameras and recordings.

The city will start by using a 30 day wear test with different vendors.

Once the best system is selected, a one year 100 camera pilot program would begin.

That will cost just over 400 thousand dollars.

Eventually, 700 cameras would be phased in over five years.

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