MANILA, Philippines?The Philippine National Police (PNP) made an offer to teachers on Wednesday to join the police organization through its lateral entry program.
Deputy Director General Jesus Verzosa, PNP deputy chief for administration, said the PNP has been planning to expand its ?Pulis Ko, Titser Ko (My Policeman, My Teacher)? program to entice teachers or those with teaching experience to join the police force.
To sweeten the deal, Verzosa said teachers who would qualify would have the rank of police inspectors, equivalent of the rank of lieutenant in the military.
A police inspector has a basic salary of around P18,000 a month.
?Graduates of Bachelor of Science in Education will now have a chance to become police officers as they are now eligible to be accepted into the PNP Lateral Entry Program,? Verzosa said.
He also said that the ?Pulis Ko, Titser Ko? program was the PNP?s part in filling up gaps in the public education program around the country, specifically in depressed and remote areas in the country.
At present, Verzosa explained that only licensed graduates of highly specialized and technical courses such as medicine, law, chemistry, medical technology and criminology would be eligible to become police officers via its lateral entry system.
Doctors and lawyers enter the police service as police senior inspectors (equivalent to captains in the military) while chemists, medical technologists and criminologists start as police inspectors.
With the expansion of the ?Pulis Ko, Titser Ko (My Policeman, My Teacher)? program, Verzosa said he hoped that more teachers and educators would qualify for police service. Applicants have to meet the age and height requirements and pass an examination and a physical agility test.
Last Tuesday, the PNP inducted into the PNP Officer Corps 1,282 licensed criminologists, and 160 technical service officers composed of doctors, lawyers, chaplains, dentists, chemists, engineers and information technology officers.
Verzosa is the chair of the PNP Lateral Entry Board, which deliberates on candidates for lateral entry after the screening process.