N.Y. Police, District Attorneys Endorse Video Recording of Interrogations

Kristine Hamann – New York Law Journal – August 15, 2011 New York State’s law enforcement has made dramatic progress toward its goal of video recording the entire custodial interview of a suspect. This goal is the culmination of a gradual shift in approach from the days when only summary statements from suspects were recorded. On Dec. 14, 2010, the endorsement of video recording interrogations and statewide protocols spearheaded by the Best Practices Committee of the District Attorneys Association[FOOTNOTE 1] was announced in a press conference led by Derek Champagne, District Attorney of Franklin County and president of the District Attorneys Association. The statewide protocols were based on a review by the Best Practices Committee of early video recording pilot projects. The review was conducted in conjunction with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the New York State Police, the state Chiefs of Police Association, and the state Sheriff’s Association. After many conversations and drafts between police and district attorneys, a state standard emerged that could be used in all jurisdictions — urban, rural, and suburban. As the protocols were created by experienced members of law enforcement, they reflected the practical realities of investigations and crime fighting, as well as regional differences. DEVELOPMENT OF PILOT PROJECTS – The pilot projects have demonstrated that [For full story: http://www.law.com/jsp/lawtechnologynews/PubArticleLTN.jsp?id=1202511020040&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1 ]

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N.Y. Police, District Attorneys Endorse Video Recording of Interrogations