Registered Agency Spotlight: Elk City Oklahoma Police Department

Elk City PDRegistered Police Department Spotlight: Elk City Oklahoma Police Department

Department Donation Effort Contact: Capt. Kennie Shirey and Detective Robert Chaney

Police Chief: Chief Eddie Holland

Link: Department Website

Number of Officers: 24

Body Camera Goal: 24

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Why has your department decided to start a body camera program?
Detective Chaney: With everything going on in the news we thought it would be a good idea to get them. Also we believe they will help with court cases and for officer safety.

How do you believe a body camera program will benefit your officers, department and the community?
Detective Chaney: We believe it will keep our officers acting professionally and we can prove how they acted if there are any complaints. As for the community, we believe using body cameras will strengthen the community’s confidence that we are doing our jobs correctly. We believe body cameras will help our officers with investigations and give them evidence to fall back on in court to prove they were acting on the right side of the law.

Are there any situations where having body camera video evidence would have made a difference in court cases or complaints against your officers?
Detective Chaney: We do have a case where an officer is in court fighting a lawsuit because a door was kicked in during an arrest. We’re confident he will be exonerated but it’s a lot of wasted time with a frivolous lawsuit a lot of headaches and hassles. A body camera would have helped a lot in this case.

Does your department have guidelines for a body camera policy? If so, what would the policy be? When would officers be required to record, etc.?
Detective Chaney: We’re looking at guidelines and have a body camera policy in the works.