The New York City Police Department is planning to expand a program for videotaping interrogations to all 76 precincts in the city.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the department wants to outfit all interrogation rooms and some specialized units with recording equipment.
The pilot program began in 2010 in Brooklyn and the Bronx and was limited to suspects charged with felony assault.
The first phase of the expansion will include suspects facing murder and sex crimes charges.
Kelly said the department wants to outfit all interrogation rooms and some specialized units with recording equipment.
Citing the so-called CSI effect, Kelly said the NYPD needs to stay ahead of the curve as technology evolves, and taped interrogations help all sides in the legal system.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who heads the state justice task force- applauded Kelly's decision.
"The process is transparent, that there can't be any doubt about whether anyone's rights were violated, whether someone was treated appropriately by law enforcement. What happens is there for everyone to see," said Lippman.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. also praised Kelly, saying the "significant undertaking... is one more step law enforcement can take to build stronger cases and ensure fair and just outcomes.”
The NYPD has an issue with funding for the expansion and is asking the New York City Police Foundation for $3 million to cover the first phase alone.
In response, Michael Palladino, the president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said he supports Commisioner Kelly's position, but he is concerned that "the law-abiding tax payers will get shortchanged. Conviction rates will go down, overtime will increase, and criminals who should be in prison will be out on the street.”