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Boston police begin implementation of body cameras

June 3, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Police officers in several Boston neighborhoods are wearing body cameras as the city begins a permanent roll-out of the program.

Officials say nearly 200 officers assigned to South Boston and Dorchester, as well as members of the youth violence strike force to be the first to don the cameras on Monday.

A new department policy lists various situations in which the cameras should be used. They include any “adversarial” or use of force incidents, vehicle stops, arrests, searches of individuals, police pursuits and crowd control situations in which an officer believes laws may be broken.

The department said in a statement that the policy allows officers to turn the cameras off “to protect sensitive information, privacy of individuals or due to confidentiality concerns.”

The rollout follows a one-year pilot program.

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