The Philippine National Police (PNP) plans to lower the educational requirement for police applicants and individuals that are aspiring to become policemen and joined the police force.
The PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, said in a recent interview they will propose the lowering of the educational requirement for policemen to Congress.
“It’s still in the drawing board…but this will be among our proposals to be submitted to Congress when it opens,” Purisima said.
The PNP accepts only college graduates for recruits, but in its proposal, high-school or graduates of the K-12 plus can qualify to apply in the police force.
“They will be assigned at the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RSPB), but at the same time, we will give them also a chance to finish or complete their studies up to college level,” Purisima said.
He added that aside from lowering the educational requirement, they will also propose to Congress that the training of police recruits should be given to the PNP and to also lower the height requirements.
Under the present set-up, the recruits are trained by another agency, the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), which is not under PNP control.