Sunday, April 13, 2014

How do you define a good police officer?

The best definition so far is the one made by August Vollmer in his book “The Police in Modern Society” published in 1936 by the University of California Press in Berkeley.  In those times long ago, Vollmer, the first Chief of Police of Berkeley, already recognized the enormity of the responsibility of the being a policeman.  He stated:  The citizen expects police officers to have the wisdom of Solomon, the courage of David, the strength of Samson, the patience of Job, the leadership of Moses, the kindness of the Good Samaritan, the faith of Daniel, the tolerance of the Carpenter of Nazareth, and finally, an intimate knowledge of every branch of the natural, biological, and social sciences. If he had all of these, he might be a good policeman. (underscoring and emphasis mine.)

Vollmer made these statements in 1936, when the Philippines is just a young nation trying find its whereabouts.  With the passage of time, the statements of Vollmer instead of becoming outdated, became even more relevant, especially for the Philippines.  Today, the Filipino police officers is not only all those, he is also expected to be an environmental advocate, a teacher, a community leader, and a politician!

First let us examine what current regulations say as qualifications of a PNP PO1.  As required by Section 30 of RA 6975:
  1. A citizen of the Philippines;
  2. A person of good moral character;
  3. Must have passed the Physical Agility Test, Neuro-Psychological Examination, General Physical and Dental Examination as well as Drug Test to be administered by the PNP for the purpose of determining physical and mental health;
  4. Must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of learning;
  5. Must be eligible in accordance with the standards set by NAPOLCOM;
  6. Must have not been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government;
  7. Must have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;
  8. Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62 m.) in height for male and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 m.) for female;
  9. Must not weigh not more or less five kilograms (5 kgs.) than the standard weight corresponding to his or her height, age, and sex; and
  10. Must not be less than twenty-one (21) nor more than thirty (30) years of age upon take oath
Here is one caveat:  Section 1 of RA 9708 amended Section 30 and added:

Except for the last qualification, the above-enumerated qualifications shall be continuing in character and an absence of any one of them at any given time shall be a ground for separation or retirement from the service: Provided, that PNP members who are already in the service upon the effectively of RA 8551 shall be given at least two (2) years to obtain the minimum education qualification and one (1) year to satisfy the weight requirement.

So here we go with my beef, and I will only discuss two in this article:

1    1.  Item 9 is very clear.  There is a weight requirement for all policemen.  The average height of policemen is around 5’7”.  According to the most popular sources, the standard weight of this height is at 60 to 74 kgs.  Viola!  It is very simple to attrite overweight policemen.  Just invoke the law and a very good start will be the bumbotsero generals in Camp Crame led by the Chief, PNP himself, PDG Alan La Madrid Purisima.

      Eto pa ang ibang dapat unahing tanggalin sa pagkapulis:




2    2.  My second beef is in item 3 of the qualification standards.  Here are the Agility Test Standards published in the PNP website for persons applying for PO1:

Maximum Total
100 pts
Passing Score
75 pts
A. 7 Pull ups (3 pts each) hanging (time in sec divided by 6 = pts earned)
men
21 points

women

B. 2 min Push ups (0.5 pt each)
men
20 points
(1.0 pt each)
women

C. 2 min Sit ups (0.5 pt each)
men
21 points
(1.0 pt each)
women

D. 100 meter run

18 points
100 Meter Runs (Sprint)
Men

Women
Below 13.0 sec or less
20 pts
Below 19 seconds

13 seconds +
18 pts
19 seconds +

14 seconds +
16 pts
20 seconds +
16 pts
15 seconds +
14 pts
21 seconds +
14 pts
16 seconds +
12 pts
22 seconds +
12 pts
17 seconds & up
10 pts
23 seconds +
10 pts




1000 Meter Runs
Men

women

3'25" and below
18 pts
4'25" below
18 pts
3'26" - 3'46"
16 pts
4'26" - 4'46"
16 pts
3'47" - 4' 07"
14 pts
4'47" - 5' 07"
14 pts
4'08" - 4' 28"
12 pts
5'08" - 5' 28"
12 pts

The standards are very straightforward and the law is very clear that it is continuing in character.  Implement it because it is mandated by the law, otherwise the PNP will be correctly called as an institutional law breaker!  Sanction and attrite policemen who fail it.  The Chief PNP must have known this provision of the law so he simply removed the semestral fitness test altogether.  However, the move did not change the law.  It simply suppressed the violation.  Every second that Purisima stays in the police force is a second added to the gross law violation.  Actually, if the President insists on backing him up, I believe that an argument can be made to make this a valid ground for impeachment for violation of public trust.

The PNPAyers, instead of whining like bitches about unequal distribution of positions between PMAyers and the PNPAyers should instead focus on this argument.  Kaya lang, sila ba ay papasa din?

Sino ang Chief PNP candidate nila, si ***bleep***?

Hahahahaha!

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