Why New York State Police aren't required to submit a new reform plan

Why New York State Police aren't required to submit a new reform plan

(WRGB) Governor Cuomo has made it clear that local governments and their police departments need to come up with a new police reform plan by April or risk losing out on state funding.

Under the governor's executive order, they must develop a plan that "reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs based on community input."

However, this directive is specific to just local municipalities, which means it doesn't apply to the New York State Police.

In June, the governor signed legislation requiring state troopers to wear a body camera while on patrol in order to improve transparency. However, it's still waiting to be implemented.

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CBS6 reached out to the New York State Police to find out what the status is on body cameras.

The agency responded with a statement saying,

"State Police has been working to select a vendor and design a body-worn camera program that will be in compliance with the new law. That planning includes determining the scope and specifics of the program, costs, equipment and technology needs, along with policies and procedures.”

It remains unclear when exactly troopers will get these cameras.

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New York is one of five states whose state law enforcement agency are not equipped with body or dashboard cameras.

State lawmakers from both sides weighed in on the situation.

“When it comes to State Police, they’re funded by the state anyways, so I think part of the way they operate is they have ongoing reforms," said Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie.

“Initially, I questioned why myself but when you think about it it’s those law enforcement agencies closest to the people within those community borders that really interact on a much more regularly basis than the State Police,” said Assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes.

The Governor's Office says that even though the New York State Police aren't required to submit a reform plan, they tell CBS6 that the agency is undertaking its own review of policies and procedures.