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The Philippine National Police (PNP) is hiring 17,000 additional police officers for the year 2020. This is after the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) authorized the PNP to fill up the vacancies under its 2020 recruitment program.

“The annual recruitment program has taken Philippine law enforcement to a higher level by closing the gap in the police-to-population ratio to within ideal limits set by law,” says PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa.

The 17,000 vacancies is made up of the regular quota of 10,000 police officers plus an additional 7,000 personnel to replace those who are dismissed, retired, deceased, separated or AWOL.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that he only wants the best and the brightest for the PNP.

“I don’t want second-rate police officers. Now that their salaries have been doubled by the President, we should only hire the best of this generation. Hindi na puwede ngayon ang puwede na. Ang kailangan sa PNP ay iyong pinakamahuhusay at may puso para sa paglilingkod,” Año asserted.

Secretary Año added that the PNP should implement a strict recruitment process to ensure that only those who are physically and mentally fit are accepted to the police force.

“The cleansing program should already begin in the hiring. It will save the police organization from a lot of headaches later on if we do the hiring and recruitment process properly and seriously,” said Año.

PNP Police Officer Requirements

Are you interested to become a police officer?

According to Section 14 of Republic Act 8551, these are the requirements for one to become a police officer in the PNP:

  • A Filipino citizen
  • With good moral character
  • Must not be less than twenty-one (21) or more than thirty (30) years of age
  • Must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62 meters) in height for males and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57 meters) for females
  • Must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5 kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex
  • Must possess a formal baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from a recognized college, university or learning institution
  • Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests administered by the PNP or any government hospital accredited by the NAPOLCOM
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military or police employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude
  • Must have no pending criminal case in any court, including the Ombudsman if the applicant is a government employee

Successful candidates will be appointed as patrolman or patrolwoman with the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) with a gross monthly salary of ₱29,668 along with other mandated benefits and allowances.

How to Apply as a Police Officer in the PNP

Interested applicants are advised to apply for the PNP entrance exam to become eligible for appointment as police officers. The PNP entrance exam is held twice a year with the next exam to be held on April 26, 2020.

To learn more about how to apply for the PNP entrance exam or NAPOLCOM exam, read this article.