The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for the electronic recording of custodial interrogations and confessions. Reference to interrogations is used solely in this policy for the sake of convenience. The policy and procedures govern both interrogations and confessions.
It is the policy of this law enforcement agency to electronically record specific custodial interrogations and confessions in order to provide an evidentiary record of statements made by suspects of major crimes. Such electronic recordings can help protect both the suspect(s) and interviewing officers against potential assertions of police coercion or related interrogation misconduct, and may increase the likelihood of successful prosecution.