The Essex County District Attorney's Office announced this week that is has acquired funding for local police departments to equip themselves with video recording technology.
Kristy Sprague said Tuesday that her office has nearly $15,000 in grant monies available for secure video recording systems for three local police departments.
According to Sprague, the Essex County Sheriff's Department and the Ticonderoga and Moriah police departments are the only law enforcement agencies in Essex County that don't have video recording equipment installed at their offices.
Sprague applied for the grant through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The funding - which totals $14,809 - comes through the Byrne/JAG program.
District attorney's offices throughout the state were encouraged to apply for the funding.
Sprague says that technology is being used more often in the prosecution of crimes, so equipping police and sheriff's departments with the necessary tools is a must.
She adds that better technology leads to the successful apprehension and prosecution of offenders.
"The grant process in this case was very competitive with a limited amount of funding that could be allotted to potential grant candidates," Sprague said, adding that Essex County received the maximum amount of funding possible through the program.
"This funding allows our county to prepare for any possible future mandates for video recorded interviews without any cost to our local municipalities and taxpayers," Sprague said.
The funds will be used to purchase and install video recording systems in designated interview rooms at the two police departments and the sheriff's office, Sprague says.
That allows investigators to record interviews with suspects, in turn providing concrete evidence when a case goes to trial.
According to Sprague, county Community Resource Director Michael Mascarenas worked closely with Sheriff Richard Cutting and representatives from the Ticonderoga and Moriah police departments to put together the successful grant application.
"This is teamwork at its best," Sprague said.