NEW YORK (NEWS10) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced a $500,000 in funding for local law enforcement agencies to further expand their ability to record criminal interrogations.
According to the governor’s office, the funding is part of the state’s initiative to expand the practice.
“Video footage has become an essential tool in criminal investigations, and we must equip our police agencies with the most up-to-date technology to record in-custody interrogations.” Governor Cuomo said. “This footage can be critical in preventing a wrongful conviction or protecting investigators from false accusations. By ensuring that local police agencies have adequate equipment to record interrogations, we are protecting the fairness and integrity of our criminal justice system while making our communities safer.”
Police departments and sheriff’s offices must collaborate with their county district attorney’s office to apply for the funding.
The deadline for law enforcement agencies to apply for funding is August 5. The funding will be awarded later this summer.