Grants to help cops record interrogations

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state will provide nearly $700,000 in grants for law enforcement agencies to purchase video interrogation equipment, including agencies in Fulton and Hamilton counties.

In Fulton County, $13,335 was awarded to the Gloversville and Johnstown police departments and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

For Hamilton County, $14,985 was granted for the Inlet Police Department, Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

District attorneys’ offices in 29 counties across the state will use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment for 150 agencies,

“With these grants, New York state is giving local law enforcement the resources they need to enhance the integrity, fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system,” Cuomo said. “The practice of video recording interrogations helps prevent wrongful convictions and at the same time, protects investigators from false allegations.”