The New York City Police Department is planning to expand a program for videotaping interrogations to all 76 precincts in the city.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the department wants to outfit all interrogation rooms and some specialized units with recording equipment.

The pilot program began in 2010 in Brooklyn and the Bronx and was limited to suspects charged with felony assault.

The first phase of the expansion will include suspects facing murder and sex crimes charges.

Kelly says he wants to make sure the department stays ahead of the curve as technology evolves, and says the taped interrogations help all sides in the legal system.

The department, however, has an issue with funding for the expansion and is asking the New York City Police Foundation for help.

The first phase alone is expected to cost $3 million.

Source: NY1


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