NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD is expanding a pilot program in which it records the interrogations of some suspects.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

During an address at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on Wednesday, Kelly said the NYPD is doing so under a growing expectation of juries that interviews be recorded.

He called it the “CSI effect.”

“Recording can aid not only the innocent, the defense and the prosecution but also enhance public confidence in the criminal justice system by increasing transparency as to what was said and done when the suspect agreed to speak with the police,” he said. “We are ready to move forward with this practice in all of our commands and to  expand it initially to include murders and sex crimes.

Under the pilot program, Kelly said officers have recorded about 300 interviews so far and a number of them have led to early pleas from defendants.

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