BPD chief, other command staff members to wear body cameras

BOSTON (WHDH) - Police Commissioner William Evans announced Thursday that Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross and seven other members of the command staff will be the first to wear body cameras.

Evans says he asked the command staff to wear the body cameras to lead the way on the new policing tool.

Police Commissioner William Evans, the city and some community groups want officers to wear body cameras while on patrol.

Evans said that he is frustrated because he has wanted this program to start for months. The six-month pilot program was supposed to start last week with 100 volunteers wearing the cameras. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said like Evans, he is also frustrated that the program has not started yet.

“We should have had the cameras in the street by now,” said Walsh.

Since only one officer, volunteered, 100 officers were randomly chosen to wear cameras. They will be in addition to the eight command staff members wearing them.

The police union filed an injunction to stop the pilot program. A judge heard arguments from both the city and the police union and said he will have a decision on the program by Friday.

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