When I was a kid growing up in Silver Spring, the local CBS affiliate’s sportscaster was Warner Wolf. His catch phrase was, “Let’s go to the videotape.” As we discussed here, that might as well now be NCIS’s catch phrase, too. We noted that in September 2008, NCIS adopted this revision to its policy to require that most interrogations for violent offenses be videotaped.
This week’s Marine Corps Times has an article on the revised policy’s implementation. Andrew Tilghman, New NCIS policy requires agents to videotape suspect confessions, Marine Corps Times, Oct. 5, 2009, at 18. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t appear to be available online to non-subscribers. The article indicates that”NCIS agents have taped more than 800 interrogations since the policy took effect in September 2008.” The article also states taht “the Navy has not allocated the roughly $1.5 million needed to outfit NCIS offices worldwide with video equipment.”