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Boston police body camera pilot comes to an end

A year after it launched, a body camera pilot program for the Boston Police Department ended on Tuesday, police said in a statement.

The program, which started last September, placed body cameras on a racially diverse group of 100 police officers and eight members of the command staff. It was designed to increase transparency and strengthen the departments’ relationship with the community at large, police said.

The Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, the union representing rank-and-file officers, at first tried to block the program in court, but later agreed to implement it for six months. In March, the union and department agreed to extend the program for an additional six months.


Over 4,400 hours of video, showing over 33,000 incidents, were recorded. Officers produced an average of 96 videos per day, the statement said.

The data will now be reviewed by Northeastern University criminal justice professors who are consulting on the program. “I want to thank all the officers who participated in the program,” Police Commissioner William B. Evans said in the statement.

The consultants will help “ to determine the overall effectiveness of the body cameras and whether or not a program of this type is in the best interests of the Boston Police Department and the community we protect and serve,” Evans said.

Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com