Walsh announces funding for police body cameras

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday the city will make a series of investments aimed at improving public safety.

Among those investments is a plan to fund body cameras for the Boston Police Department.

The city has been waiting for results of a one-year pilot program of body cameras.

Those results are expected in June.

But before that happens, the mayor is pledging about $2 million to phase-in body cameras in a rolling plan across the department.

The money being invested in that effort is part of a wider plan to boost resources for the Boston Police Department.

The department will also see an additional 30 officers added to the force under the plan, as well as millions in funding to bolster the street worker program and add automatic license plate recognition cameras.

Walsh’s office said, in all, the funding represents an increase of $14.6 million over last year’s budget.