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Suffolk Police Forces Score Grant for Video Equipment

Money to be used to install or upgrade technology needed for recording interrogations.

Suffolk, Riverhead and Southampton will share more than $43,000 to install or upgrade video equipment for recording interrogations, part of an overall $700,000 award by the state to fund these systems across New York.

The Suffolk portion will be doled out by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, and will support eight locations in the Suffolk Police system, as well as Riverhead Police and Southampton Police.

Video recoding interrogations, according to the state, help ensure fair handling of those suspected or accused of crimes.

“The practice of video recording interrogations helps prevent wrongful convictions and at the same time, protects investigators from false allegations. These grants will provide an important and recognized tool to law enforcement agencies that will help better protect our communities," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Overall, 29 counties will receive cash as part of the program, though neighboring Nassau County will not receive a portion of the grant.

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