Mayor Herbert Bautista on Monday vowed to provide body cameras and more patrol cars to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to be used in the campaign against illegal drugs.
Bautista said the anti-illegal drugs units of the city’s 12 police stations will be given 100 body cameras.
He made the promise after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa lauded the city’s policemen for leading the nationwide anti-drug operations during the celebration of the QCPD’s 78th anniversary.
De la Rosa called on the policemen to “gear up” in case President Rodrigo Duterte will again order the PNP to lead the war on illegal drugs.
“Dahil QC Police ang nangunguna sa ating drug operations, inirequest ko (kay Mayor Herbert Bautista) na lagyan na ng body (cameras) ang drug enforcement units para naman transparent tayo,” he said in his keynote speech.
Bautista immediately acted on the PNP chief’s request.
“Para sa ating 12 stations na anti-illegal drugs unit, (magkakaroon) ng 100 body cams para sa illegal drug trade. ‘Yung body cam na ibibigay ay live na magrerecord ng operations at mapapanood sa central sa command sa Camp Karingal (Our 12 stations will have 100 body cameras to be used in the drive against illegal drug trade. These body cameras will record live operations that can be viewed by the central command in Camp Karingal),” the mayor said.
“Wala naman tayong tinatago, totoo naman talagang may nanlalaban at pumapatay. Marami rin tayong namatay na police (dahil sa operations) (We are not hiding anything. It’s true that drug suspects fight the police sometimes. A number of policemen were also killed), de la Rosa added.
Bautista also gave assurances that the police will be given additional patrol cars, an improved global positioning system for its fleet management, a robotics unit for the anti-explosive division, and assistance to the renovation of the QCPD’S main building in Camp Karingal.
As part of the anniversary celebration, city officials led a ground-breaking for the construction of the two story QCPD multi-purpose building to be funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
The QCPD was established on November 25, 1939 by virtue of an Act of Congress. Former mayor Tomas Morato was the first chief of the Quezon City Police Department.