“We know body cams are coming” Police talk transparency & public perception

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- As a number of violent police incidents around the country spark outrage, the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police talks about police force and public perception.

"There is not an officer who goes to work hoping to unholster his or her gun," said Mark Nelson, FOP Lodge 123 Vice President. "That's a last resort. We are trained very professionally, and we are very passionate about what we do. But, we would hope that every situation would resolve peacefully."

National reports indicate a lack of training involving the mentally ill.

However, according to the FOP Lodge 123, Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) officers receive Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The CIT program started in 2002, and so far OCPD has helped teach and training about 50 other police departments around the state.

OCPD has 275 officers who have been through this program.

According to Nelson, the Oklahoma City Police Department anticipates outfitting officers with body cameras in the near future.

"We know body cams are coming. We are right on the cusp of having them in Oklahoma City," Nelson said. "We're not afraid of them. We're not going to run from them. We understand there are some privacy concerns as it relates to our officers, but we think this will help have some transparency."

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