The president of the city's police officers' union says a proposed body camera pilot program would drain the department's resources.

The program would require officers to record low level encounters in a number of precincts and switch on their body cameras every time they speak to a member of the public, even when there's no suspicion of criminal activity.

The proposal was submitted by the federal monitor overseeing the settlement in the "stop, question and frisk" lawsuits against the city.

If the judge approves, the pilot would start in April.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch calls it a misguided and wasteful proposal.

He says it would create a colossal increase in officers' paperwork and a drain on resources.