Body-worn cameras

August 21, 2023 People's Tonight 252 views

BODY-worn cameras (BWCs) are supposed to be used by officers and men of the Phtilippine National Police (PNP) during police operations, like serving warrants of arrest.

BWC-equipped police force ensures that there will be no violation in police operational procedures or human rights abuses, said PNP spokesperson B/Gen. Redrico Maranan.

In the view of many Filipinos, includiung the ordinary citizens, the use of body cams by police operatives is a must to protect them from malicious and baseless accusations.

With a range of uses and designs, body cameras are wearable audio, video or photographic recording gadgets.

Despite the importance of body cameras, the country’s premier law enforcement agency has only 2,700 BWCs at the moment.

In a recent radio interview, the soft-spoken but highly-effective PNP spokesman acknowledged that our police officers and men equipped with BWCs “are very limited.”

However, the good news is that the PNP, headed by Ilocano Gen. Benjamin “Benjie” Acorda, will procure at least 45,000 state-of-the-art body cameras next year.

After the recent killing of 17-year-old Jerhode Baltazar in Navotas City, various groups called for the mandatory use of body cameras during police operations.

Maranan said one of the six policemen involved in the killing of Baltazar had a BWC but did not use it because the battery was allegedly dead.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of a body camera because its use “increases the level of trust and transparency between the community and the national police agency.

Hindi ba, DILG Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. and PNP Chief Gen. Acorda?