Drones, CCTVs, police cams boost city’s war vs. crime

City policemen try out their brand new bullet proof vests, helmets with cameras, and two top of the line drones for crime surveilance all worth P600,000 aside from new 2-way radio sets.

The Dumaguete City police today (aug.2)received P600,000 worth of equipment to be used in the anti-criminality campaign of the city.

This is the least that we can do to help our citizens feel safe and sleeps soundly at night, says Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo during simple turnover rites held at the Pantawan in Rizal boulevard in the city.

Turned over to Dumaguete City chief of police PSupt Jonathan Pineda included six body cams, six bullet proof vests, and two drones with military specifications.

Forthcoming are 250 cc brand new motorcycles, and a brand new Strada pickup vehicle to enhance the mobility of the city police.

This is not to mention the fact that the winning bidder of the CCTV camera project was given ten months by Mayor Remollo within which to operationalize the more than 350 cameras all over the city.

Questions were raised as to why Remollo referred the bullet proof vests as non-vanishing.

The mayor explained that is the best description of a bullet proof vest or any equipment to put emphasis that it should not disappear like the supposed donation of more than 10 imported second hand bullet proof vests during the previous administration, which the police did not actually receive. Only photographs show that it was turnedover to the police inside the mayor’s office then but it vanished. It was reportedly returned to the donor but had no confirmation.

The chief executive enjoins the city police to take care of the equipment that will enhance their security and safety during anti-drugs operations, among others.

The bodycams are of equal importance with that of the bullet proof vests to allay fears and insinuations of excesses by law enforcers during police operations, Remollo pointed out.

The drones, on the other hand are not only needed during police operations, but during calamities, and other activities that has relation to public order including traffic, he pointed out.

The city peace and order council had earlier turned over 30 radio transceivers to the police.

Even before the installation of the CCTV cameras, Remollo told the bids and awards committee to already draft the terms and reference of the most modern traffic lights and WIFI system in public places of the city as well as the putting up of electronic billboards to transform Dumaguete into a smart city.

According to Remollo members of the BAC will be given the opportunity to visit Metro Manila, especially MMDA to see for themselves the most modern traffic lights in the country and to decide what is fitting for Dumaguete.

He stressed it is not necessary to put traffic lights in every corner of the city, but rather on busy streets and choke points.