Two local law enforcement agencies will be getting new video interrogation equipment with the help of federal grants, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
A total of $650,000 is being given to 28 different law enforcement agencies throughout New York State to either purchase recording equipment for video interrogations or to replace existing systems that need to be upgraded. The grants are federally-funded and administered by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will receive $19,458 and the Rome City Police Department will receive $17,095.
Cuomo says the funding will help the agencies comply with a law that takes effect April 1, which will require law enforcement to video record interrogations for most serious crimes. After the law takes effect, if agencies fail to record interrogations where applicable, a court hearing could determine that a confession is inadmissible as evidence.
"Video recording an interrogation protects the both the innocent and law enforcement alike,” Cuomo said in a news release. “This funding will give prosecutors and local police agencies the resources they need to help protect their communities and create a fairer and more just criminal justice system for all."
According to Cuomo, since 2011 the state has given more than $4.15 million in federally-funded grants to 365 law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices to purchase and install video recording equipment.