In November 2021, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office began field-testing body-worn cameras for its Patrol deputies and other sworn personnel. The program has now expanded to 100 camera systems in the field.
After extensive field-testing, in January 2022 the Sheriff’s Office began equipping Patrol deputies serving unincorporated Clackamas County and the contract cities of Estacada, Happy Valley and Wilsonville with body-worn cameras. The program is expected to be fully deployed in the next few months.
Oregon law specifically regulates law enforcement use and operation of body-worn cameras, the public disclosure of body-worn camera video, and requires agencies to adopt a body-worn camera policy. You can access the Sheriff’s Office policy here: CCSO Policy # 41 BWC. Relevant Oregon laws are referenced in the "Frequently Asked Questions" section on our body-worn camera information page.
The Body Worn Camera Program allows the Sheriff’s Office to increase officer safety, strengthen evidence for cases and increase trust and transparency within our community.
Voters approved the body-worn camera program in May 2021 when they passed Measure 3-566, a five-year public safety levy. After the levy's passage, the Sheriff's Office selected Axon as its body-worn camera vendor. CCSO has also updated its Tasers to Axon's new seventh-generation devices and will transition to Axon's vehicle cameras, thereby putting CCSO's body-worn, Taser, and vehicle cameras on the same software platform.
The levy also funded a fill-time Sheriff's Office IT professional to manage the body-worn camera program equipment.