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Chula Vista Police Department Asks to Wear Body Cameras

On November 4, 2014, the Chula Vista Police Department asked the City Council to approve the purchase of 120 body cameras for its officers. Similar to what is being implemented by the San Diego Police Department, these cameras would become a part of the standard police uniform for the entire patrol division.

The Chula Vista police chief hopes these cameras will benefit not only the police, but the community as well because it will make their police work transparent. However, the cameras do not automatically record police encounters. The downside of these cameras is that the officer must activate the camera. The cameras only begin recording when the officer taps the device with two fingers. The officers can also review the footage in the field on their smart phones, but they are not permitted to edit the footage. The Department plans to keep the footage for one year for misdemeanors, three years for felonies, and indefinitely for homicides.

If the purchase is approved, Chula Vista Police Officers could begin wearing the cameras as early as January 2015.

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Chula Vista Police Department Asks to Wear Body Cameras

On November 4, 2014, the Chula Vista Police Department asked the City Council to approve the purchase of 120 body cameras for its officers. Similar to what is being implemented by the San Diego Police Department, these cameras would become a part of the standard police uniform for the entire patrol division.

The Chula Vista police chief hopes these cameras will benefit not only the police, but the community as well because it will make their police work transparent. However, the cameras do not automatically record police encounters. The downside of these cameras is that the officer must activate the camera. The cameras only begin recording when the officer taps the device with two fingers. The officers can also review the footage in the field on their smart phones, but they are not permitted to edit the footage. The Department plans to keep the footage for one year for misdemeanors, three years for felonies, and indefinitely for homicides.

If the purchase is approved, Chula Vista Police Officers could begin wearing the cameras as early as January 2015.

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