LEGAZPI CITY — Data obtained from the National Police Commission Bicol office here revealed that composition of the younger generation of policemen in the region is dominated by graduates coming from the fields of study in nursing, education, commerce and business administration.
Of the police recruitment and training classes for the period between December 2010 and December 2013, only 42.26 per cent or 767 entrants were criminology graduates compared to 57.74 percent or 1,048 who graduated from other courses.
The period covered the Public Safety Field Training Program classes that are composed of six batches wherein nursing graduates dominated the recruits totaling 259; followed by graduates of education, 209; commerce and business administration, 154; and Bachelor of Arts, 110.
These courses comprise the top four leading non-criminology programs in the last six recruitment periods and selection for entry in the police organization.
According to Napolcom Regional Director Rodolfo Santos Jr., during the conduct of recruitment, evaluation and screening, graduates from other courses registered higher passing average than criminology graduates during the same recruitment period.
In the Napolcom study, according to Santos, most of the criminology graduates in the region did not apply immediately for recruitment to the PNP service as they preferred other employments like security guards, call center agents and as Overseas Filipino Workers, among others.
In most occasions, the criminology graduates who applied for entry in the police service have difficulties in communicating and explaining their knowledge and theories during the panel interviews, which are part of the screening process, Santos added. (from PNA story by Danny Calleja)