ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State Police are now required to wear body cameras after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation on Tuesday, June 16.
The law also established a Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office within the Department of Law. Cuomo says this new office is meant to improve public safety and increase the effectiveness of local law enforcement agencies.
I just signed legislation requiring New York State Police officers to wear body cameras while on patrol & creating the Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office.
These new laws will help promote accountability & improve transparency in policing.
It all starts with trust.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 16, 2020
"The relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve isn't working," 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."
New York State Police must now start recording immediately before leaving a patrol car during the following:
- Interaction with a person or situation
- All uses of force
- All arrests and summonses
- All interactions with individuals suspected of criminal activity
- All searches of persons and property
- Any call to a crime in progress
- Investigative actions involving interactions with members of the public
- Any interaction with an emotionally disturbed person
- Any instances where an officer feels any imminent danger or the need to document their time on duty
The new Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office will review, study, audit and make recommendations to police agencies statewide.
The state special prosecutor only handles deaths involving law enforcement, but this new office will investigate all misconduct complaints against local police across the state.