OLEAN, NY – The Olean Police Department will receive a $7,398 state grant for video interrogation equipment.
The city police department is one of 28 local law enforcement agencies in 23 counties across the state that will share more than $650,000 in state funding to either purchase recording equipment to conduct video interrogations or replace existing systems that are either faltering or in need of upgrade.
"Video recording an interrogation protects the both the innocent and law enforcement alike,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the grants Wednesday. "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 a news release from Cuomo’s office, the funding will help police comply with a forthcoming law requiring law enforcement to video record interrogations for most serious crimes. Once the law takes effect on April 1, a failure to record interrogations in applicable cases could result in a court determining that a confession is inadmissible as evidence.
"As someone who has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including cases with videotaped interrogations, I have seen firsthand the importance of a video-recorded interrogation,” said Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. “This footage can provide the best evidence to prove guilt or to exonerate someone who is innocent."