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Chula Vista police may soon get more body cameras

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Chula Vista Police Department began using body cameras six months ago. Tuesday evening, the city council is looking at approving funds for additional body cameras for the department. 

Body cameras on law enforcement officers is becoming an increasingly common practice across the country. 

Chula Vista's Police Department has joined the national trend by investing $500,000 in equipping 120 of their officers with body cameras. The cameras have been in use for about six months. 

Tuesday night, the city council is expected to purchase 12 more body cameras at a cost of about $54,000. The cost includes equipment and storage costs that go along with the cameras. The cameras are capable of recording 4 hours of a video a day. Once an officer hits record, the video can't be deleted or edited. 

However, video is deleted after 90 days for routine police encounters. Misdemeanors are saved for 1 year, felonies are saved for 3 years, and homicides and use of force incidents are saved forever. 

Chula Vista police officers were among some of the first officers in the country to use body cameras. The department was part of a pilot program that began back in 2010. 

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