PRO-6 gets 256 bodycams for use of 16 police stations in WV

PHOTO CAPTION: The PRO-6 has entered another phase in the digital age with the distribution of 256 bodycams similar to the one in the photo for the use of law enforcers in 16 city police stations./iNEWS

ILOILO CITY–Very soon, members of the police force in the whole of Western Visayas will be wearing body cameras during legitimate police operations to document their every move and thus protect them from allegations of irregularities, specifically during raids and buy-bust operations.

Based on data from the Police Regional Office-6, a total of 256 bodycams have been distributed to 16 city police stations all over the region.

Among the Western Visayas police stations that received the devices are those in Roxas City, Passi City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Escalante City, Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, Sagay City, San Carlos City, Silay City, Sipalay City, Talisay City, Victorias City, Iloilo City, and Bacolod City.

Presently, the PRO-6 is still awaiting guidelines from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame as to how and when the said cameras will be used.

To note, the public clamor for the use of body cameras during police operations reached fever pitch after successive ‘bungled’ operations that led to a number of deaths, some of which involved innocent civilians.

Also, the use of body cameras will solve the perennial alibi offered by arrested suspects that the evidence supposedly found in their possession is “planted” by policemen.

Here in Western Visayas, body cameras would have been very useful in at least two recent and controversial incidents: the so-called Tapaz massacre in Capiz, in which nine alleged New People’s Army sympathizers were killed allegedly for shooting it out with arresting operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and the would-be arrest of the finance officer of the NPA that turned bloody after Reynaldo Bocala and his companion Willie Epago reportedly opened fire at the arresting team. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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