Boston Police Commissioner will assign body cameras at random after officers did not volunteer
Fourth Estate Staff
Boston, MA, United States (4E) – Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a recent announcement that he plans to assign body cameras to 100 officers by September after none of the officials volunteered for the pilot program.
The comments were made on Tuesday during his monthly “Ask the Commissioner” interview, which airs on WGBH-FM’s Boston Public Radio. The rollout date for the pilot program of the usage of 100 body cameras is on September 1. Accordingly, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association agreed to the pilot program that runs for six months.
Mayor Marty Walsh also echoed Evans’ statements. He said that the officers will be forced to wear the piece of technology. Walsh shared, “It is a voluntary program, however, if officers don’t step up to do it or if we don’t get a sufficient amount of officers to do it, we’re going to be putting them out there on officers.”
Officers who will be able to complete the program will be receiving $500. Despite the amount of money set to be given to police officials after the pilot program ends, Evans revealed that it is a “hard sell.”
Human rights activists in Boston called for the police to wear body cameras for two years now. This comes after the police-related shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. He was killed by a police official with the Ferguson, Missouri force.
The six-month pilot program using body cameras will involve two Northeaster University professors. They are to evaluate the program and released their findings once the six-month program is over.