Boston to Expand Body Camera Program for Police Officers, Mayor Says

More Boston police officers will wear body cameras after the city's mayor announced he is expanding the program following the release of a report that found a pilot program generated "meaningful benefits" between encounters of officers and residents.

More Boston police officers are expected to be wearing body cameras in the near future. Photo: NBC Boston screenshotMore Boston police officers are expected to be wearing body cameras in the near future. Photo: NBC Boston screenshot

More Boston police officers will wear body cameras after the city's mayor announced he is expanding the program following the release of a report that found a pilot program generated "meaningful benefits" between encounters of officers and residents, reports NBC Boston.

Mayor Marty Walsh said Boston Police Department's pilot body camera program will be expanded through a "phased-in approach" and that city officials are working with police unions on the matter after a Northeastern University report found that officers who wore body cameras received fewer complaints and had fewer use-of-force reports.

Outgoing Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the study shows "there is positive impact in the use of body cameras."

A $2 million investment in the city's 2018 budget based on preliminary results from when the pilot program ended in September 2017 using Axon cameras will cover start-up costs, including the purchase of up to 400 cameras, according to city officials. Program costs for the first three years are estimated at $8.5 million.

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