₱289-million allotted for police body cam system

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to buy body cameras to be worn during police operations.

In a statement, PNP Officer-In-Charge PLtGen Archie Gamboa announced that the bidding for body cam equipment has been awarded to San Juan City-based EVI Distribution.

The contract is worth ₱289 million, a figure that included taxes, duties, maintenance, and its data system.

"This system is expected to equip our police units in support to our anti-criminality and anti-terrorism operations including mission-essential equipment for mobility and investigation," said Gamboa.

The PNP is also set to procure a system that would allow real-live streaming of body cam feed, data storage, backup, and overall connectivity and monitoring. This would include software, hardware, computer servers, accessories, and storage facilities.

"This is our continuing effort to align our police operations with SMART POLICING or Secured, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence-Driven, Real Time, Technology as an intelligent implementation of innovations in policing technology while at the same time incorporating it with existing policies," Gamboa said.

The National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee is set to issue that supply contract and purchase order this year to EVI Distribution after it has conducted a final evaluation and assessment.