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PNP eyes use of body cameras by March

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is targeting to use body cameras during their operations beginning March, a high-ranking police official said Friday.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the training on the use of body cameras in the National Capital Region Police Office, PNP Directorate for Logistics chief Police Major General Angelito Casimiro said a resolution would be issued regarding the acceptance of body cameras in the second phase.

"After ng training po na ito, they will convene 'yung acceptance committee and TWG will render a report and within ten days, they will have to make a resolution tungkol sa acceptance ng body-worn cameras sa second phase and that will be recommended by the Committee on Inspection and Acceptance to the Chief PNP, who is the head of the procuring entity," Casimiro said.

He said the Directorate for Operations would finalize the protocols regarding the use of body cameras. Over 2,600 body cameras have been acquired by the police organization.

"We hope and pray that everything will [run] smoothly, dadaan po sa proseso and by March fully operational na po 'yung body-worn cameras natin PNP-wide," he said.

"Sabi nga ni contract administrator nakadistribute na po to the diffent police stations, police provincial offices 'yung mga hardware natin," he added.

"Kailangan lang ireconfigure para 'yung body cam. ma-reconfigure within the desktop para ma-dock 'yung mga body cam and mastore po 'yung memory."

At least 16 body cameras will be provided for each police station, according to Casimiro, adding eight of these would be used by the operating team.

"Doon sa walo na nasa labas, apat po doon ang may SIM card... 'yung nagfi-feed ng screen doon sa command center natin," Casimiro said.

Casimiro said the body cameras would help counter the doubts of the public regarding alleged irregularities during police operations.

"'Yung sinasabi po ninyong doubt, ito po 'yung mag-prove na depensa rin sa amin," he said.

The body cameras will be utilized in the police's law enforcement and combat operations, especially during anti-illegal drugs operations. —KBK, GMA News