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Los Angeles police officers are starting to hit the streets with body cameras

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LOS ANGELES — Some Los Angeles police officers are now equipped with body cameras while on patrol.

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Monday the first wave of 860 cameras has been rolled out to more than 100 Mission Division officers who patrol the San Fernando Valley.

These initial cameras were paid for by $1.5 million in private donations.

PHOTO: FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Some Los Angeles police officers are now equipped with the body cameras while on patrol. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 that the first wave of 860 cameras has been rolled out to more than 100 Mission Division officers who patrol the San Fernando Valley. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2014 file photo, a Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. Some Los Angeles police officers are now equipped with the body cameras while on patrol. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 that the first wave of 860 cameras has been rolled out to more than 100 Mission Division officers who patrol the San Fernando Valley. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Los Angeles plans to equip 7,000 officers with body cameras in the next couple years.

The LAPD is the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move forward with such an ambitious plan.

The department's civilian oversight commission approved a camera policy in April despite opposition from its most veteran commissioner and civil liberties groups.

The policy allows officers to review their video before speaking to investigators and says nothing about releasing video to the public.

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