Editorial: CCTV cameras’ role in probe

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

TWO things are going for Special Investigation Task Group Archival, the law enforcement team tasked to probe the killing of lawyer Noel Archival, his driver Alejandro Jayme and aide Candido Miñoza and the wounding of another aide, Paulo Cortes.

One thing going for the police is that Cortes survived.

The other is that closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed by local government units and establishments along the national highway going to and from Barangay Coro in Dalaguete town where Archival’s vehicle was ambushed by unidentified armed men riding in two (or three) vehicles.


Cortes’s account has helped the task force reconstruct the events that happened immediately before, during and after the attack. He also identified the armed men’s vehicles, something that is crucial in tracking the identities of the gunmen.

It also helps that CCTV video footages were available for the task force to look into.

One CCTV camera in Dalaguete town captured images of the vehicles believed to have been used by the perpetrators. It’s now but a matter of checking the CCTV cameras set up in other towns and component cities going to Cebu City where the killers were obviously going to.

Which again points to the importance of CCTV cameras in improving the quality of police work. More so because recent advances in technology have made a CCTV system cheaper to install and easier to operate and maintain.

The problem is that the installation of CCTV cameras is still not part of an overall plan linked to law enforcement. Police units, for example, set up CCTV cameras or encourage their installation by private establishments and local government units without a logical system as guide.

Installing CCTVs can be a showcase of public-private partnership (PPP) with the police taking the lead. They can pinpoint the strategic areas in their jurisdiction where CCTV cameras can be positioned for maximum use, and suggest these to local government units concerned or to private establishments located in these areas.

It’s time for law enforcers to put order in the installation of CCTV cameras in their jurisdictions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 22, 2014.


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