There is no gainsaying that those of us who have been privileged to serve in the law enforcement profession know that the responsibilities of the profession are among the most challenging to be found in contemporary society. To meet the demands of his varied duties adequately, the peace officer must have an abundant measure of intelligence, honesty, judgment, tenaciousness, decisiveness, integrity, courage and physical stamina.
The police are an agency of the state, government and community that is primarily responsible for maintaining public order and preventing and detecting crime. The fundamental police mission by preventing crimes and preserving order by enforcing the law was unchanged in ancient societies as it is today in sophisticated urban environments.
Law enforcement was installed at the forefront of the Criminal Justice System, being the initiator of the CJS Process, which is made up of Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The main functions of the police are the following: law enforcement; order maintenance; control of crime; safeguarding of lives and properties; investigation and detection of crimes; arrest and apprehension of suspects; helps in the prosecution of criminals; and keeping the peace and insuring public safety.
In the Philippines, the law enforcers are the initiators of the criminal justice system of the country. They are the one that directly deal with the citizens and are directly exposed to the criminal elements. There is, therefore, the necessity for the members of these law enforcement agencies to be well oriented with, and trained in the ways of the civil society.
Col. Ramon F. De Jesus, DSC, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Criminology