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A08674 Summary:

COSPNSRHeastie, Peoples-Stokes, Aubry, Richardson, Rodriguez, Blake, Mosley, Ortiz, Frontus, Magnarelli, Kim, Arroyo, Bichotte, Bronson, Carroll, Crespo, Cruz, De La Rosa, DenDekker, Epstein, Fall, Fernandez, Galef, Glick, Gottfried, Hunter, Hyndman, Jacobson, Jaffee, Lifton, McDonald, Nolan, O'Donnell, Otis, Pichardo, Pretlow, Ramos, Reyes, Rosenthal D, Rosenthal L, Seawright, Simon, Simotas, Steck, Taylor, Thiele, Vanel, Weinstein, Wright
Add 234, Exec L
Relates to the use of body-worn cameras by New York state police officers; establishes the New York state police body-worn cameras program; requires the division of state police to provide body-worn cameras to be worn by all officers.
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A08674 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the use of body-worn cameras by New York state police officers   TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the use of body-worn cameras by New York state police officers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: In relation to the usage of body-worn cameras by New York State Police patrol officers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: 1. The act shall be called the New York state police body-worn cameras program. 2. The state police shall provide all officers on patrol with body-worn cameras which shall be recording during all incidents listed in the bill.   JUSTIFICATION: Over the course of the last few years, there has been a national conver- sation surrounding accountability, transparency, and a call for increased transparency surrounding interactions with the members of the public, and their respective law enforcement agencies. There have been numerous cases, where the lack of video or audio recordings in alleged cases of excessive force by law enforcement have led to a trust deficit between communities and the police. As one of the largest state police agencies in the country, the New York State police should also be one of the first state police departments in the country, which promote accountability with this measure. There are many studies, which have been conducted, that show a direct correlation between the usage of body-worn cameras and a drop in use of force incidents, and citizen's complaints against police officers. Most recently, the police department in Rialto, California, conducted a study which showed that in the test period in which they enacted a poli- cy for patrol officers to wear body-worn cameras, use of force inci- dents, and citizen complaints dropped by 50 and 90 percent respectively. This bill will mandate the New York State Police's Troopers to use body- worn cameras while on patrol to promote accountability, and keep video records of all interactions that Troopers have with individuals who are stopped on suspicion of a crime, or a traffic violation.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law. Effective immediately, the addi- tion, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
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