The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2018-002, dated November 8, 2018, which prescribes the guidelines in the processing of lateral entry applications for line and technical positions in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, the new memorandum aims to select and recruit the most qualified applicants for line and technical service positions with the rank of Police Inspector and Police Senior Inspector. It also intends to establish a system that strictly observes the rule of merit and fitness and the principle of equal opportunity.
One of the salient provisions of the NAPOLCOM policy is the prescribed general qualification for Line Service Officers who perform essential and purely police functions, such as law enforcement, crime prevention and investigation, intelligence, internal security operations, and related administrative work. The position now requires a licensed Criminologist or other professions that may be determined by law. PNP applicants should have a rank of at least Police Officer III (PO3), meet the general qualifications on the day of the Written Competitive Examination (WCE), and must have passed the two recent Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
On the other hand, Technical Service Officers are those who were commissioned to the PNP through lateral entry by virtue of their special technical skills and competencies, such as Dentist, Optometrist, Nurse, Engineer, Criminologist, Graduate of Forensic Sciences, Doctor of Medicine, Member of the Philippine Bar, Chaplain, Information Technologist, Pilot, Psychologist or other profession falling under the same classification as determined and recommended by the PNP Chief and approved by the NAPOLCOM. Aside from the PNP non-uniformed personnel (NUP) and civilian applicants, PNP personnel with the rank of Police Officer I (PO1) with at least three years of police service who meet the general qualifications on the day of the WCE and who have passed the two recent PFT may also apply.
Qualified police personnel shall be considered for both line and technical service positions while NUP and civilian applicants shall only be considered for technical service positions.
The maximum age for NUP and PNP applicants is 46 years old. On the other hand, civilian applicants must not be more than 30 years old, and must be at least 1.62 meters in height for male and 1.57 meters in height for female.
The NAPOLCOM circular also provides guidelines on the Lateral Entry Program Boards and Screening Committees. The new issuance requires aNAPOLCOM representative in every stage of the selection process. The presence of the Board Chairman and NAPOLCOM Representative is required to constitute a quorum of the Lateral Entry Board. In no case shall the procedure in the processing of applicants for lateral entry be conducted without the presence of a NAPOLCOM representative.
Vice-Chairman Casurao stressed that MC 2018-002 was issued after the Commission found the need to come up with a new policy which shall address the present needs in the recruitment of Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) via lateral entry.
“The amended policy provides a uniform standard in the implementation of recruitment and selection procedures to ensure that all appointments are in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations,” Atty. Casurao said.