PNP allocates P334 million for procurement of body cameras

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  • The PNP allocated P334 million for the procurement of body cameras
  • The PNP chief said they are fast tracking the procurement process
  • The procurement of body cameras is expected to be completed by June this year

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has set aside P334 million for the purchase of body-worn cameras that will be used by cops during anti-illegal drugs operations.

PNP Chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa said he ordered the fast-tracking of the procurement of the body cameras to ensure transparency in the police’s anti-narcotics operations. He said by June cops would be equipped with body cameras when the acquisition is complete.

“We are really fast tracking the process. We are not dilly-dallying because the longer we do not have those (body-worn cameras), the more uneasy our critics. We want to let the critics feel they are being considered for everyone’s good,” the PNP chief said.

As mentioned in an Inquirer story dated February 1, 2018, the body cameras would ideally be connected to a system where there would be a live feed in the tactical operation center of the anti-illegal drugs units conducting operations so their commanders could monitor their movements.