BCPO chief frowns on removing height requirement in PNP-A A +A
Saturday, September 15, 2012
BACOLOD City Police Office (BCPO) Director Ricardo De la Paz Friday expressed his opposition to the removal of the height requirement for applicants of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The move will be disadvantageous for police during actual police operations, said De la Paz after the House of Representatives recently passed on second reading House Bill 6203, which seeks to remove the height requirements for applicants to the PNP, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
Under the current law, male applicants for the aforementioned services has to be at least 1.62 meters (5’3”) tall, while females must be at least 1.57 meters (5’1”) tall.
De la Paz said it will be advantageous for police officers in the discharge of their duties if they conform to the minimum height but he is also amenable to shaving off an inch from the requirement.
“I only oppose if the height requirement will be totally removed,” he disclosed. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 15, 2012.