Police canines are a valuable tool in police departments throughout the world. And the Philippines is no exception.
English: A badge of a police dog within the New York Police Department (K 9 unit), dog 46 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Police dogs help solve crimes, find criminals, catch bad guys, and protect officers from harm. They will put their own life on the line in order to make sure their handler officer isn’t injured.
You might not have a police canine but you can do a lot of the same things. And yes, you have to learn how to play with your dog to have the kind of relationship necessary for police work.
Police dogs do everything from patrol work – like chasing down people who run from the cops – to drug work to bomb work. All of these are important and they all require a very well behaved dog. You can learn about how to have a dog ready for the police force by going to Play With Your Dog. There is great information there on everything from training to playing to tricks.
Not everyone is able to have a police dog, so you can do things like search and rescue. Or you can participate in protection sports or a new sport called canine nosework. These sports simulate different activities that a police dog would encounter, and allow you as a citizen to join in the fun.
The Philippine National Police has more than 140,000 officers. It was created in 1991 after two other law enforcement agencies came together.
Philippines – National Police (Photo credit: conner395)
The PNP has seven different non-commissions police officer ranks followed by 9 commissioned officer ranks. These ranks are similar to those used in the military.
When starting their career, new police officers are Police Officer I and can be promoted to Police Officer II and III. This is followed by Senior Police Officer positions. The first commissioned officer rank is that of Inspector, which is followed by Senior Inspector and Chief Inspector. Then comes the Superintendent rank (including the Senior and Chief variations) followed by the top 3 positions of Director.
Becoming a police officer in the Philippines is similar to how to become a cop in the United States. The department recruits on a regular basis, consistent with budget allowances. There is a six month training program followed by six months training in the field.
Because of the frequent deployment of the PNP for military types of situations, recruits also must go through military style tactics training that can take anywhere from one to 5 months depending upon their role.
Recruits are trained at the Philippine National Police Academy located at Camp Castaneda. More information to prepare for such training can be found at www.copuniversity.com.
New recruits must be very well trained to handle a wide range of incidents. In the past, these incidents have included major shootouts, kidnappings, torture, hostages, and bloody massacres. It takes a very committed person to become a police officer.
Members of the Philippine National Police
This site is focused on law enforcement issues in the Phillipines. The Philippine National Police is the result of a coming together between the two other law enforcement agencies in the Phillipines. It began on January 29, 1991 and is located in Quezon City. More than 140,000 officers are part of the Philippine National Police force.
The PNP has four core values:
- Environment Friendly
It’s mission includes:
- enforcing the law
- stopping crime
- maintaining order and peace
- protecting the public with community support
The organization became community-focused after the passage of the a law in 1998.
The current chief is Alan La Madrid Purisima who was appointed on December 17, 2012.