ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York prosecutors, police and lawyers are endorsing the videotaping of suspect interrogations.

This week statewide groups representing district attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs plan to endorse protocols for making videos of crime suspects. The State Police, New York City Police Department and the New York Bar Association are also backing the practice.

It’s a common practice in many counties and considered a safeguard against both false confessions and defendant allegations of coercion.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which has provided more than $1.5 million to prosecutors and police to buy recording equipment for interview rooms in 42 counties, plans to announce additional funding. The NYPD is doing it in several precincts.

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