THE Provincial Government of Leyte has turned over 41 body cameras to town police chiefs to promote transparency in their anti-illegal drug operations.

The province has become the first Local government unit (LGU) in Eastern Visayas to distribute body cameras to police offices.

The distribution of body cameras to the law enforcers is a priority project of the Provincial Drug Abuse Council (Padac).

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and Leyte Provincial Police Chief, Senior Superintendent Norberto Tuazon, handed over the equipment on Thursday to the 41 town police chiefs.

“We want to erase doubts against our policemen during the conduct of police operations. Recordings from the body cameras will be used as evidence to show what really transpired during police operations,” Petilla said.

The governor said more cameras will be provided to 41 town police stations in the future.

Leyte policemen conducted 41 operations leading to the arrest of 46 personalities from December 2017 to March 2018. Operatives also confiscated more than 25.88 grams of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) in the past four months.

No one was killed during these police operations. (PNA)