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NYS grant will help local police record interrogations

Albany, N.Y.-  New York State will provide nearly $700,000 in grants so local law enforcement agencies can either buy equipment or upgrade existing systems that allow them to video record interrogations.

District Attorneys Offices in 29 counties across the state will use the money to purchase or upgrade equipment for 150 agencies, including police departments and sheriffs offices.

DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Mike Green, who served as Monroe County District Attorney for eight years and tried cases in which video recorded interrogations were used as evidence, said, "Audio and video recording of interviews of suspects on serious cases is a powerful tool to help hold those who commit serious crimes responsible for their conduct and at the same time help prevent wrongful convictions. DCJS is committed to providing support to local law enforcement that helps protect our citizens and promotes the integrity of our system."

In addition to administering the grant funds, district attorneys must partner with agencies in their counties to develop video recording protocols that detail the types of crimes with which an individual is charged that would require the interview to be recorded.

In Genesee County, $19,408 will go towards the Batavia, Corfu and LeRoy police departments and Genesee County Sheriffs Office.

The Monroe County District Attorneys Office will receive $38,552 for the Brockport, East Rochester, Fairport, Gates, Greece, Irondequoit and Ogden police departments and Monroe County District Attorneys Office.

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