A new law has modified the rank classification of police officers of the country AND it is doing the public more good because it will now be easier to recognize the chain of command from the chief PNP down the line to the last patrolman.
Republic Act 11200 now defines the following new classification of police officers ranks for your informatioin:
From the top, what used to be director general is now called Police General; next in line is the police Lieutenant General; next is the Police Major General; next is the Police Bregadier General; next is Police Colonel; next Police Lieutenant Colonel;
Then we have the Police Major, next is Police Captain; next is Police Lieutenant; then the new Police Executive Master Sergeant; next Police Chief Master Sergeant; then the Police Senior Master Sergeant; police Master Sergeant;
Lower is the police Saff Segeant; police Corporal and lastly the Patrolman or Patrolwoman.
Now the police rank and file will be different from the Armed Forces with the PNP rank always preceded by the title “Police.” This standardizes the way police officers will be addressed. This allows better coordination between the PNP and other law enforcing agencies in countering terrorism, the war on drugs; and other national security issues.
Definitely the re classification of police ranks will not militarize the police which is civilian in nature . In fact the police is under the DILG which purely civilian in character.
The police will now adopt a service oriented outlook in pursuit of the police-community relations doctrine under the motto “To Service and to protect.”
No longer will the police be addressed like AS IF it has a military rank and order of assignments because the police is not the military. Finally this new police rank classification will sprare the police from explaining their equivalent ranks to foreign and international police organizations worldwide.—