Boston Police Union Agrees to Wear Body Cameras in Pilot Program

The Boston Police have reached a union agreement with the city for up to 100 volunteer patrol officers to wear body cameras in a six-month pilot program. Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced the agreement on Tuesday after the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) agreed to the pilot program. Only patrol officers who volunteer to wear body cameras will be participating in the program. The start date of the program is still being determined. The pilot program will be evaluated after the six-month period to determine the next steps on a potential permanent program. "In Boston, we are fortunate to have strong relationships with our communities and I'm confident that body cameras will serve as another tool for the Boston Police Department to continue their work in the neighborhoods," said Walsh.


Should Boston Police Wear Body Cameras?

This week there are several public community meetings discussing a pilot program for Boston Police to wear body cameras. The topic is tense as residents, elected officials and Boston Police are all offering their opinions. [poll id="6"]

A Boston Police pilot program starting in May or June will have 100 police officers wear body cameras. But due to collective bargaining agreements, the individual police will have to volunteer to wear the cameras. Earlier this month Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that he supports the pilot program, but doesn't think body cameras are needed for police.