The Police Regional Office-6 turned over two body cameras, eight Tavor sub-machine guns, and 10 motorcycles to the Bacolod City Police Office at the BCPO compound at Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod, yesterday.
Details on the total cost of the equipment turned over to the BCPO, however were not available up to last night.
The body cameras are for the Bacolod City Drug Enforcement Unit, the sub-machine guns will be given to the Special Weapons and Tactics unit, and the 10 motorcycles will be distributed to the 10 Bacolod police stations.
Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, PRO-6 regional director, who led the turnover of the equipment, said he demands big results, such as improved response time and increased police visibility, from the BCPO personnel with the new equipment given to them.
Binag said body cameras have been issued to the Regional Drugs Enforcement Units and also to the provincial DEU, so now they are giving it to the Bacolod CDEU, that is included in the 2018 budget of the Philippine National Police.
“Hopefully, the dream isfor all the drug enforcement teams down tothe municipal police station to have body cameras. For the meantime, the RDEU, PDEU, and CDEU are the priority,” Binag said.
These body cameras are for transparency of the operation, and for the operatives to be mindful of their police operational procedure (POP) or the rules of engagement in conducting raids, serving of search warrants, and warrants of arrest.
“We already lowered the crimes, so the public now want that if the police cannot record zero crimes, the police should be there when crimes happen,” Binag said.
More capability enhancement are coming to the Bacolod police force, including patrol cars and additional police personnel, Binag added.
Bacolod vice mayor El Cid Familiaran, councilors Ricardo Tan and Noli Villarosa, Bacolod executive assistant and retired Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, and Supt. Joeresty Coronica, NOPPO’s deputy provincial director for administration, were present at the turnover.*SGG
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