The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be distributing P287-million total worth of cameras for transparency in police operations.
PNP Chief General Camilo Cascolan said some 2,600 body cameras would be on test run by October 12 before distributing to police field units. It’s not yet clear which police stations will be prioritized for the body cameras.
Some police stations, such as the Pasig City Police station, are already using body cameras that are financially backed by the local government and private individuals.
Discussions about the use of body cameras surfaced in September 2017 when Caloocan cops shot 17-year-old Kian delos Santos during an anti-illegal drug operation.
Lawmakers and various groups denounced the incident, citing police abuse and human rights violations.