LPD acquires body cams, upgraded patrol car cams


3 September 2019

The Lawton Police Department has entered the Proof of Concept phase for body cameras and upgraded patrol car cameras – a project approved by Lawton City Council in August at a cost of $1.37 million, paid through reallocated CIP funds as a result of the January 2019 Proposition passage by Lawton voters.

The first three sets of equipment were received and installed last week. As of Sept. 1, the Proof of Concept phase – implementing operational cameras on officers and in units – officially began. Information Technology staffers monitor and inspect the connectivity of the equipment for optimal use during this phase. Additional cameras – in sets of 20 – are then set to be ordered, installed and distributed to Lawton Police officers. In total, 134 sets of equipment will be obtained over the next seven months. The equipment set contains a chest body camera for the officer, two front dashboard cameras, a backseat camera and a small camera monitor that will placed at the center console of the patrol unit. The cameras will record up to 12 hours of visual images and audio.

“This will be a very good tool that will help our officers and citizens stay safe,” said Police Chief James Smith. “It will help our community and our relationship with citizens by improving transparency. These are great tools that will assist us in doing our jobs and help us focus in specific areas of training.”

The purchase and policy implementation are steps forward in the Digital Transformation underway at the City of Lawton, a result of the shared visions of City Manager Michael Cleghorn, Mayor Stan Booker and the Lawton City Council.


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