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Boston Police Officers to Begin Training for Body Cameras: Report

Some officers in South Boston and Dorchester have received their equipment and training for the body camera program will begin next Monday

The Boston Police Department is reportedly getting ready to gear up its officers with body cameras.

The Boston Globe reports Mayor Marty Walsh confirmed that several officers in Dorchester and South Boston have received their equipment. Training is scheduled to begin Monday and officers will begin to wear the new equipment later in the spring.

In April of last year, Walsh committed $2 million to the controversial program, which was opposed by unions representing the police. A preliminary review of the pilot program found that officers who donned body cameras were less likely of being accused of wrongdoings.

The next fiscal year begins July 1 and Walsh reportedly proposed an additional $2.5 million in funding for the project, according to the Globe.

The president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, Michael Leary, reportedly argued that money spent for the program could be better used for other equipment, such as Tasers. He also said body cameras make officers change the way they interact with civilians.

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