ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Tuesday evening, the Odessa City Council unanimously passed a contract to get the Odessa Police Department body cameras.
The five-year contract with Axon will cost about $2.6 million and provide the department with 184 cameras.
OPD say this new technology are excellent for public transparency and will act as an independent witness.
“Every single time we respond to an incident it is recorded by our mic, and we do have dash cam footage by our vehicle. However, unfortunately, our dash cam footage can’t pick up everything. So, if we’re conducting a traffic stop and a person takes off running, it’s not going to film them, whereas the body cameras would,” said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, OPD.
While the cameras will be activated for every incident, they will automatically activate for some cases, while other cases will require manual activation.
The department spent the past few years testing body cameras and looking at several factors, including price, before the decision was made on this camera.