BOSTON >> Boston's police commissioner is backing a bill that would address a jurisdictional battle between state police and city police over which agency is responsible for patrolling the Seaport District.

Currently, state police are responsible for law enforcement in the rapidly-growing area.

Commissioner William Evans on Thursday asked the Legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security to grant shared jurisdiction. He says not allowing Boston police to patrol an area of the city does a "disservice" to people who live and work there.

Evans spoke in favor of a bill that would grant co-jurisdiction.

A state police spokesman told The Boston Globe that "by statute" state police are responsible for Massachusetts Port Authority property, adding that people who work, live and visit the Seaport "receive excellent police services."

Information from: The Boston Globe,