MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said the recruitment of more professionals from various fields into the service will help strengthen its human resources and capabilities in serving the people and addressing various challenges.
This came as the National Police Commission (Napolcom), through Resolution 2021-0612, allowed the PNP to recruit more doctors, lawyers, and information technology (IT) experts through lateral entry into the police service to fill up 434 vacancies in the police organization for the ranks of Police Captain and Police Lieutenant.
“This is a truly welcome development to the police organization. We are grateful to Napolcom. Makatutulong ang mga papasok na bagong medical officers sa pagtugon natin sa banta ng pandemya habang ang mga bagong abogado naman ay makatutulong sa ating kampanya at operasyon kontra kriminalidad (The new police medical officers who will be recruited will help us respond to the threat of pandemic while the new police lawyers will help our campaign and operations against crime),” PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.
Meanwhile, he said IT experts can help the PNP adjust to the demands of the “new normal” which involves the shift to digitalization.
“Makatutulong din sila sa pagsugpo natin sa iba’t-ibang uri ng cybercrime (They can also help us curb various types of cybercrime),” he added.
Eleazar assured that the PNP will strictly observe guidelines set by the Napolcom for the recruitment of more professionals in the police ranks.
The recruitment, according to the Napolcom, is part of the PNP Lateral Entry Program which aims to develop the human resource and technical capability of the police force.
The vacancies include 163 medical officers for the Health Service; 20 medico-legal officers for the Crime Laboratory; 100 legal officers for the Legal Service; 100 information technology officers for the Information Technology Management Service (ITMS); and 51 IT officers for the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)
According to the Napolcom, the PNP shall only process applicants for positions which are identified by the PNP with career path; those who are included in the index of occupational services, occupational groups, classes and salary grades of the Department of Budget and Management; and those with approved qualification standards by the Napolcom and confirmed by the Civil Service Commission. (PNA)