To be or not to be a law en­forcer

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

THERE are un­ex­pected site vis­its that I re­ceived from so­cial me­dia and two came from grad­u­ates of Crim­i­nol­ogy cour­ses in Pan­gasi­nan ask­ing me for answers that are very im­por­tant to them be­cause it means ca­reer and way of life. Af­ter ex­chang­ing per­sonal mes­sages, I de­cided to bring out the gist of their con­cerns and the fol­low­ing are what I posted in my FB ac­count.

Should we warn stu­dent en­rolees who are con­tem­plat­ing to be­come law en­forcers re-con­sider their cho­sen field be­cause they lack the height re­quire­ments pre­scribed by PNP or AFP? I ask this be­cause in less than a month, two fe­male crim­i­nol­ogy grad­u­ates ap­proached me in­quir­ing if I can help them se­cure a waiver from NCIP with the con­tention that they too have rel­a­tives who are IPs. Both stands 5’1” but the min­i­mum re­quire­ment for a fe­male po­lice­woman is 5”2 and the only re­course that they can think of is to avail an NCIP waiver for indige­nous peo­ples. The sec­ond prob­lem is that be­ing mil­len­nial, they have adopted the “pobla­cion or ur­ban cul­ture” of the Filipino youth and that they have not re­ally em­braced the cus­tom­ary prac­tices of their fore­bears.

I started this dis­cus­sion with the hope that it can shed light to many as­pects con­cern­ing the height re­quire­ments, cour­ses to take up and un­der­stand­ing cus­tom­ary prac­tices and a bar­rage of replies fol­lowed.

Maricar A Do­cyo­gen com­mented: “Da­pat lang sir that they are ad­vised of the height re­quire­ment. Sayang met ti 4 yrs da when they get dis­qual­i­fied”.

Gail Pi­mentel Mos­trales com­mented: “There is a height limit for US Army. This is un­der Army Reg­u­la­tion 600-9. You can read through it along with ex­emp­tions. I don't know any coun­try who re­cruits army or po­lice with­out any height re­quire­ment”. True enough that you don't need to be that tall to pull a trig­ger but in their kind of job, and as a wit­ness to sev­eral train­ing they've un­der­gone, height is such an ad­van­tage. Talk about close bat­tle com­bat and the like. Psy­cho­log­i­cally speak­ing, be­ing tall gives an ad­van­tage of re­spect. Have you ever imag­ined some­one in uni­form em­bez­zling some­one for a vi­o­la­tion look­ing up be­cause the vi­o­la­tor is ac­tu­ally taller than him? Be­ing in a uni­form is not all about the bar­rel. Un­less we take a look at ter­ror­ist who re­cruits kids as early as 4 years of age.

Com­mon sense is ac­tu­ally com­mon. It’s just how you use it. Sim­i­lar to the brain where ev­ery­body has it but not ev­ery­body is us­ing it. That has been proven sev­eral times along the run­way….. as they say,"Kung para sayo, para sayo." My hus­band is a PNP and I re­mem­ber dur­ing his ap­pli­ca­tion, ap­pli­cants who are short of height are re­quired to sign a height waiver es­pe­cially if they are mem­bers of lo­cal tribes. This is to pre­vent dis­crim­i­na­tion when en­ter­ing the said or­ga­ni­za­tion let alone, height re­quire­ment. Let’s face it. We, ig­orots for one amongst other tribes, are war­riors by blood but not all are not gifted with the height re­quired.. With the ques­tion, should we warn them to re­con­sider? We can say "yes". Any­way, if they are not IPs but were able to ob­tain such waiver through "con­nec­tion", malala­man din na­man yan sa back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It would now be­come a ques­tion of in­tegrity.” Ge­orge Smi­ley joined the loop and said: “They should be warned. Be­fore you em­bark on four years of study for a ca­reer you should re­search it and see if you meet the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions. If you don't meet the height re­quire­ment for a job and can­not get a waiver then study some­thing else or find a way to over­come the ob­sta­cle. Ev­ery­one who wants to be in law en­force­ment and the mil­i­tary should be told of th­ese min­i­mum phys­i­cal re­quire­ments. Let me clar­ify, the can­di­dates who want to be po­lice of­fi­cers should do the re­search and find out for them­selves if they meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ments be­fore they start a course of study…” Arvid Au­ran, a friend who re­versed his name in FB said: “In the US they re­quire pro­por­tion­ate body height and weight. No men­tion on how tall or how short. Prob­a­bly of­fi­cials of the Armed forces or even the po­lice force should amend their min­i­mum re­quire­ment to ac­com­mo­date our shorter bros. and sis who are will­ing to en­ter the force

I had chats w/ an NCIP of­fi­cer and was told that the bot­tom-line is for ap­pli­cants to ap­peal and fill up a waiver form NAPOLCOM and for NCIP to vali-

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