The first quarter of 2016 shall mark another step towards greater criminal justice – the pilot of video recording interviews during investigations. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) are going to consult stakeholders, and test the feasibility of video recording interviews.
This move is greatly welcomed by Singapore criminal lawyers and members of Parliament (MPs) alike, who pointed out the obvious advantages of video-recorded interviews.
There have been some cases where suspects alleged inappropriate behaviours by the police to challenge the validity of their statements.
With a video recording, courts can rely on this tool to determine the truth in a case through the disposition of the witness and the exact words used.
Interviews during the course of investigations are already being recorded in other countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. Greater transparency of the interview process benefits both the police and suspects, as there will be less undue pressure given by police and false allegations by witnesses. Also, reducing unmeritorious claim will save costs and time of court.
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