NYS Police to begin body camera pilot program

Feb 25, 2020

New York State Police say they plan to go forward with a body camera pilot program for state troopers.

Credit New York State Police

The move would change the agency's status as one of the few primary state law enforcement agencies in the nation without body or dashboard cameras.

Kevin Bruen, first deputy superintendent at the New York State Police, disclosed the plan for a pilot program Monday at the state Capitol. He did not provide details of the plan, such as how many troopers will receive the devices.

A nationwide Associated Press survey found New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are the only states where the primary state law enforcement agency is not equipped with dashboard or body cameras.

Among those agencies, New York State Police have the highest number of sworn law enforcement personnel.