State Grants Available For Police Dept's to Install Interrogation Recording Equipment
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1 million in funding available to law enforcement agencies to video record criminal interrogations. The practice is widely recognized as enhancing the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system by helping to prevent wrongful convictions and protecting investigators from false allegations.
The one time grants are available through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to fund either the purchase and installation of video recording equipment for police departments and sheriffs’ offices that have not yet implemented the practice, or allow agencies to upgrade older equipment to ensure it functions properly.
Currently, 345 law enforcement agencies in 58 of the state’s 62 counties video record the interrogations of individuals suspected of committing crimes in their communities. These grant funds will allow the remaining agencies in those 58 counties that don’t currently video record interrogations to do so and also will expand the practice for the first time to agencies in Hamilton, Seneca, Schoharie and Tioga counties.
There are more than 500 local and county agencies in the state.
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