New York State Police officers are now required to wear body cameras while on patrol, as per executive order by the governor.
The law requires the cameras to record immediately before an officer exits a patrol vehicle for interaction with a potential suspect or situation, requiring each video to be kept on record.
It also creates the state’s first Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.
“The relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve isn’t working,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is the progressive capital of the nation, and we are leading the way by enacting real reforms to increase transparency in policing, promote accountability among our law enforcement agencies and ultimately mend that frayed relationship between the police and the community.”