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Police body camera success in Eldorado peaks interest in other so. IL departments

ELDORADO, IL (KFVS) - The Eldorado, Illinois Police Department has been using police body cameras since November 2014 and has since been contacted by other departments in southern Illinois considering bringing on similar gear.

Eldorado Police Chief Shannon Deuel said body cameras are one of the best investments the department has made since he became chief.

Deuel said he's recently been contacted by the Harrisburg Police Department and other departments that are now considering body camera purchases.

“How do you dispute a video from start to finish," Deuel said, a law enforcement veteran of 23-years. “We've had one major case that happened that the video is going to be a major asset.”

Deuel said these cameras protect both the public and law enforcement officers. Every incident is recorded from start to finish, Deuel said.

The City of Eldorado invested $2,100 for seven cameras for all seven Eldorado police officers. The chief said he was wary at first, but is now convinced of the cameras usefulness.

The cameras used by Eldorado police hook on to officers vests and are smaller than a cell phone.

“We've had good luck with it,” Deuel, said.

By department policy, all police video is stored for 90 days and officers are required to notify the public they're being audio and video recorded.

Officers are required to begin recording when they arrive to any incident.

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