Do you want to work in a profession that enforces the law? Are you willing to be in charge of the peace and order of the community? If yes, then being a police officer is a perfect fit for you! But before you dive into becoming a police officer, here are 3 things you need to know.
No Height Requirement
Not as tall as you would like? If you’re worried about your height, worry no more! As of April 22, 2018, there are no height requirements anymore for those who want to qualify as a police officer. One must only pass the PNP Entrance Examination or NAPOLCOM Entrance Exam to become part of the police force. However, you need to meet the following requirements in order for you take the Entrance Exam:
- You must be a Filipino Citizen
- You must have a Bachelor’s degree
- You must not be less than 21 years old but not more than 30 years old
Police officers in the Philippines now enjoy a competitive salary package. Since January 2018, a Police Officer I or PO1 receives a P29, 668 monthly base pay, a 100% increase from the P14, 834 monthly base pay before. While the Philippine National Police chief or the Director General receives P121,143, a 79% increase, from P67,500.
Irregular Work Hours
Starting out, you will not experience a typical 9 to 5 schedule with weekends and holidays off. Because of the nature of the job, police officers are typically on call 24/7 especially when there is a community emergency or red alert status. They need to be there and take action. To be a police officer, one must be always prepared and ready for what’s ahead.
Being a police officer entails a big responsibility—it’s quite a risky job too! It requires discipline, determination, and many hours of hard work. So if you want to become a police officer, be sure you can sacrifice your time and safety for the protection of the community!