ALBANY — New York state is awarding nearly $700,000 in grants to local police departments for equipment to videotape interrogations of suspects, saying they help prevent wrongful convictions and false allegations of investigator misbehavior.
According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, prosecutors in 29 counties will administer the grants to buy or upgrade equipment for about 150 police departments and sheriffs’ offices, including 55 getting them for the first time.
That’s expected to bring the technology to about 400 of the more than 500 law enforcement agencies statewide.
The state has spent more than $3 million on the program since 2006.
District attorneys are expected to partner with police to develop protocols detailing types of crimes that would require recorded interviews.