YPD earns $100K grant for body cameras

On-duty officers to wear on uniforms, record video evidence

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Yukon Police Chief John Corn

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A federal grant will fund nearly half the cost of the Yukon Police body camera project.

The Yukon Police Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help equip on-duty officers with body-worn cameras.

A sub-award grant agreement between the YPD and Bureau of Justice Assistance was approved at the May 3rd Yukon City Council meeting.

“The grant will match $100,000 of the police department’s body camera project,” Yukon Police Chief John Corn said.

“This grant will cover almost 50% of the total cost, which will be just over $200,000.”

The grant period is three years, 2022-24.

The $100,000 in grant funds will be reimbursed to the City of Yukon “upon proof of expenditure”, Corn added.

The police body camera project was approved in the City of Yukon’s 2021-22 capital improvements budget.

At Chief Corn’s recommendation, the city council in October 2021 approved buying 50 body camera units and related equipment from WatchGuard Video of Allen, Texas.

YPD officers will start wearing the cameras on their uniforms after being trained in their use. Evidentiary video recorded by the cameras will be YPD property.

Under Oklahoma state law, police body cam video must be released upon request – unless it specifically pertains to a criminal investigation.

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THIS AND THAT …

In other business at its May 3rd meeting, the Yukon City Council approved:

  • Paying $22,978.75 to BearCom Communications for radio control handsets at the Yukon police station. These handsets will be wired to radios in the new emergency operations center (EOC) bunker.
  • Paying $44,328.90 to Chickasaw Telecom for 10 Cisco network switches for the Yukon technology department.

Meanwhile, a proposed final plat for the 12-lot Ashton Place duplex development at 200 N Yukon Parkway was pulled from the council agenda without discussion.

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