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PNP to equip more stations, units with body cams

Philippine Information Agency
13 May 2021, 16:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) -- To further boost its anti-criminality operations, the Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes acquiring more than 30,000 body-worn cameras for its police stations and units nationwide.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said a total of 2,696 body cams have already been distributed to different police stations and units in key cities across the country.

"We need additional 32,136 units to include all other support units," PGen. Eleazar said, adding that the additional body cameras would complete the PNP's requirement of 34,832 units.

"But in the meantime that there is still no budget for this additional procurement, we will make use of what we have and hopefully, this would convince our lawmakers to fund additional body cameras for the PNP in the spirit of transparency and effective law enforcement," he added.

Eleazar is confident that the use of the body cams will finally happen under his leadership.

He said that he would initially want these body cams used by policemen in the service of court-issued search warrants to clear up allegations of irregularities in such operations.

This will serve as protection for both parties, the police operatives and the persons who are subjects of the warrant, he stressed.

"These body cameras will ensure transparency in police operations and, hopefully, put a stop to allegations that policemen are engaged in planting of evidence or even the summary execution of suspects," he said.

According to the Chief PNP, he has been in touch with the Supreme Court regarding the use of body cameras in the service of search and arrest warrants. A meeting was held last month between the police and the High Tribunal to discuss other matters as well.

At present, Eleazar said the police force is still awaiting the guidance and the protocols of the Supreme Court in using the body cameras so that privacy concerns and other legal repercussions would be avoided. (PIA NCR)

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