The Boston Police Commissioner is asking the state to hold off on passing a bill requiring police body cameras.

At the state house on Thursday, Commissioner Evans explained he and the mayor first want to conduct a pilot program before they decide to use the cameras on a permanent basis.

That program is set to start in May.

100 patrol officers will wear the body cameras for six months.

"While I support legislation that would lend much needed support and incentives to the police department to implement body cameras, I ask that the police department be given time to implement this program and analyze it before and unfunded, statewide mandate is adopted," said Evans.

The commissioner says he and the mayor need to consider the cost, personal privacy of citizens, and potential discovery issues.

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