New York State Police begin phasing in body cameras

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Some New York state troopers will begin wearing body cameras on patrol.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 12:25 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Some New York state troopers will begin wearing body cameras on patrol.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that body-worn cameras will be introduced to Troop G in the Albany area this month and expand on a rolling basis with statewide deployment expected by the end of the year.

"This step is part of a progressive package of reforms that will increase transparency in policing and accountability among all law enforcement agencies statewide, and we look forward to continuing this important work in the future," said Cuomo.

The rollout of 3,000 cameras at a cost of over $7 million a year is the result of a law signed in June.

An Associated Press survey in 2019 found New York State Police were the largest primary state law enforcement agency not equipped with body or dashboard cameras at that time.

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