Pozorrubio cops wear helmet cameras
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
POZORRUBIO – The chief of police (COP) here does not stop to amaze peace and order spectators about his series of innovations in fighting criminals.
HELMET CAM. Police Chief Inspector Ryan Manongdo and his
aid, a camera- installed- helmet, in fighting criminals.
From the Project Bando, Papa Bear, Lambat, Espada, Sanib Pwersa, Pulis Nino, and R.A.Ks, Police Chief Inspector Ryan Manongdo is into Project Selfie.
Under the Project Selfie, foot police patrollers wear a helmet with a camera to record activities in the areas of this first class town.
“Sa tulong ng Project Selfie ng Pozurrobio police nakikita iyong actual na nangyayari sa isang situation. Agad din itong namo-monitor na gamit ang isang application sa cellphone,” the former math teacher turned police officer said.
Manongdo, an alumnus of the Philippine National Police Academy, said PS aims to support the ongoing Oplan Lambat-Sibat of the PNP through recording of various crime prevention activities.
The “Selfie” records actual activities of police personnel during the operation, to protect the personnel from harassment, and to document important visual informations that have value.
He said the camera does not only protect the police when they are on patrol or serving a search warrant or warrant of arrest from fabricated counter-charges but could capture the plate number of the vehicle they are pursuing, the face of the malefactor, and could be used during the coming Yuletide Season and the May 2016 election when crime spikes.
“Iyong police alam niyang nag vi-video siya so behave siya. The community alam din nila na they are being documented they also behave. So respect begets respect,” he said.
Manongdo, a Special Action Force’s trained commando, was profusely thankful to the people and non-government organization (NGO) that keep supporting his laudable projects that they believe can be emulated not only by the police stations in the 44 towns and four cities’ Pangasinan but all the police forces all over the country.
The COP said one set of the helmet camera cost P6.500.
“We got two sets donated by three classmates at Dagupan City National High School’s batch 1997. They are Onofre Alipio who lives in New York and Almer Tamayo who lives in Sudan and an OFW from New York Johnny Vega who is from Pozurrubio,” he said.
Manongdo said the gadget does not violate any law.
“There is no crime when there is no law punishing it. Ano ang pinag kaiba niyan sa motorist na me camera sa helmet nila?”
He argued that it is no different to the CCTV in residences and business establishments that record the activities in the areas.
Manongdo cited how our police enforcement agency has been left behind in the helmet camera technology by other countries.
“Body camera will be a standard issue for U.S law enforcement agencies,” he said.
He said his worthy project here can be of great help in expediting the solution of a crime as it can be used to review before and after the consummation of a crime in an area.
Australian Police Sergeant Robert Rea said, in an article “Police are rolling solo with a ‘back-up’ that can’t be beaten”, the camera helmet technology, which many police now wear on their uniforms, was used in disputes over red lights, stop signs, seatbelts, and mobile phones (prohibitive usage).
He said, in his personal experience, the camera footage had dramatically decreased complaints and court action.
“It stops complaints against police, false allegations, but also is a good evidence-gathering tool,” Sgt Rea said.
Police are also using new motorcycles with computers to do instant police database searches, rather than waiting in queue over a radio, Rea cited.
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