District attorneys aim to ensure justice and protect witnesses as well as suspects

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SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa.--New guidelines aim to provide police officers with effective ways to identify suspects, while protecting them from being wrongfully accused.

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association announced the findings of its best practice committee on the issue. They met in the Susquehanna Township municipal building in Dauphin County. The guidelines will be incorporated into law enforcement training and education throughout the commonwealth.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says, "Most municipal police departments and Pennsylvania State Police already conduct identification procedures in a way that is accurate and reliable but we're just sort of fine tuning what's already being done out there and getting guidelines to departments that may need those guidelines."

The association plans to focus on three topics next, including police body cameras, recording witness and suspect interviews and officer-involved shootings. The goal of the committee is to protect the innocent, convict the guilty and ensure justice.

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