Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday they are waiting for the Supreme Court (SC) to approve the protocols that will guide law enforcers on the proper use of body-worn cameras in their operations.
Eleazar said the use of body cameras will not only improve police operations but will protect both the law enforcers and the people, particularly the target of the search warrant.
The PNP early this year acquired 2,696 body-worn cameras and their associated systems from San Juan City-based EVI Distribution Inc.
Each major police station will be given 16 body cameras, eight of which will be used by patrolling operatives while the remaining eight will be reserved for other operations.
The cameras will be equipped with SIM (subscriber identity module) cards that will be used to feed videos to the PNP Command Center.
The body cameras are waterproof and can record video for up to eight hours.
The officers wearing them cannot interfere with its configuration and they cannot turn those off while on duty.
Eleazar said the body cameras have already been distributed in the city police stations.
“The cameras were already distributed to the police stations, but the protocol on how to use them is still being reviewed and we want to make sure that the body cameras will be used as soon as possible. The cameras were first distributed to the city police stations as we do not have enough supply yet,” he said in Filipino.He expressed hope that Congress will allot more funds for the purchase of additional body cameras for municipal police stations throughout the country. SOVEREIGNPH