Law enforcement officials endorse video recording interrogations

| 22 Feb 2012 | 03:52

ALBANY - New York State’s law enforcement agencies, at all levels of state and local government, recently endorsed the practice of video recording interrogations of arrested suspects in their entirety. Leaders of the New York State District Attorneys Association, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York City Police Department and the New York State Police announced their support for video recording of interrogations and the adoption of statewide protocols to ensure the integrity of the practice. Law enforcement in more than 40 counties in the state have already voluntarily developed programs for video recording the entire questioning of suspects who have been arrested for various designated felonies. These recordings capture critical evidence needed in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases and preserve information used to resolve a person’s claim of innocence.