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Local police departments in Orange County will soon be getting a system that will help with investigations. Though fairly common in most cities it's a first for these departments. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Jessica Chen has the details.
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- We've all seen surveillance video systems being used as a way to document a police interview.
And though fairly common in many cities, local police departments in Orange County will now be getting it too.
Chief of the Village of Chester Police Department, Peter Graziano said right now, statements are all written down on paper. He said its sometimes created conflicting reports.
"We’ve had defendants who we’ve interviewed who have later retracted their statement or tried to say, well I didn't say that, or the officer intimidated them in some way," said Graziano.
But this video-recording equipment, secured by a $41,000 grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, will provide accuracy.
The Village of Chester is one of ten other police departments in Orange County that will be receiving this new equipment. They will each get $4,100 that will go towards purchasing this new video recording device, as well as teaching police officers how to use it.
According to the Orange County District Attorney, the videos will be used during high level criminal interrogations and during trials.
Local police departments will start using them by this summer.