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NYPD Expands Interrogation Recording Program

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is expanding a program in which the interrogations of felony suspects are recorded after their arrests.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported Tuesday, Kelly said the pilot program in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, and the 48th Precinct in the Bronx, worked well. So he said the first week of April, the program will be expanded and conducted regularly in all 16 precincts in Queens.

“We are assembling money, you might say. The Police Foundation has agreed to fund a portion of it,” Kelly said.

And so, Kelly said, video recordings will be made of all detectives questioning subjects after their arrests for felony assaults, murders and sex crimes.

He said it will give the public more confidence in police procedures, and help both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Under the pilot program, Kelly said in December that a number of recorded interrogations led to early pleas from defendants.

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