Transparency increases public trust

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 4, 2013

Highway patrols in other states aren't so protective. In Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, the release of dash cam video is routine after an investigation has been completed, a case has reached the initial court stages, or a case has been adjudicated. In Ohio, the state highway patrol has even posted dash cam videos on the Internet.

Oklahoma doesn't have to be an outlier. There's no reason for law enforcement officials to operate under two sets of rules — one embracing transparency and another maintaining a veil of secrecy. Nothing undermines public trust in law enforcement like a policy indicating law enforcement distrusts the general public.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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