Boston police chief William Evans has called on the Department to require police officers to label their uniforms with names in addition to wearing badges.
But the leader of the city's largest police union said the move was unnecessary and would make the police a "villain's target ".
"While police in other major cities across the country have been wearing name tags for decades, Boston police rely on badges to identify police officers.
State laws do require officials from Massachusetts to provide their names when asked.
Adding a name tag would help make the troops more transparent, Evans said. Lt. Det.
Michael McCarthy said the department has been working to reach an agreement with the Patrolmen Association and the detective Union.
Commanders and senior officers have begun to wear labels with last names.