Some Bartlesville police officers will be equipped with body cameras as a result of a recent $10,000 grant from the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group.

According to Bartlesville Police Department Captain Rocky Bevard, who secured the grant, the money will go toward ten Panisonic Arbitrator BWC 3 cameras.

“We will have to add some city funds to buy mounting equipment, training and charges, so there are a few extra expenses” Bevard said.

“We are using this model because they are the same company that makes some of the dashboard cameras that we have been using since 2012.”

He says that he's not positive when the money from the grant will be available but projects that the cameras will likely be in service in the coming months.

“It was supposed to be 60 to 90 days before delivery, so I'm not sure exactly when it will arrive” he said. “But I'd say it will probably be early fall before they are up and running.”

According to Panisonic, the Arbitrator Body Worn Camera (BWC) can record in both 1080p / 720p and 360p formats and seeks to “provide officers with a better way to capture unbiased, tamper-proof video in nearly any condition.”

“The Arbitrator BWC seamlessly integrates with the Panasonic's SafeServ™ Evidence Management Software, the Arbitrator 360° high definition in-car video systems and Panasonic fixed-surveillance cameras to create a unified evidence management platform that preserves every link in the chain of evidence,” according to the Panasonic website.

“We already have two of these cameras in service, and they are used all the time” Bevard said.

“The long-term goal is to have eight cameras per shift.”