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LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PNP POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS IN SAMAR 2ND DISTRICT

Volume: 151  ,  Issue: 1 , June    Published Date: 25 June 2024
Publisher Name: IJRP
Views: 112  ,  Download: 35 , Pages: 645 - 658    
DOI: 10.47119/IJRP1001511620246808

Authors

# Author Name
1 Joseph Roque A. Pensotes Jr
2 Kim Rosary S. Gerodiaz
3 Pedro D. Fenellere
4 Marvin L. Moreno
5 Leo Gerard C. Bactol

Abstract

This study delved into the experiences of Philippine National Police (PNP) police-community relations officers in the 2nd district of Samar province. Criticized for its underperforming economy mdue to insurgent threats, this district provided a backdrop for exploring the role of police in community relations, focusing on anti insurgency programs. The research employed a phenomenological, qualitative approach to uncover deeper insights. This study used a phenomenological research design. Ten (10) highly experienced policecommunity relations officers from various areas in Samar, including Catbalogan, Basey, Calbiga, San Sebastian, Hinabangan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Pinabacdao, and Marabut, were meticulously chosen as informants. These officers, with a minimum of two years of experience, were selected from the Samar provincial police records, ensuring the reliability and richness of the data. Interviews, the primary method of data collection, were recorded using a smartphone application, ensuring detailed and accurate transcriptions. This meticulous approach to data collection, with most responses in English and a small portion in the local dialect, which was translated for clarity, further enhances the reliability and comprehensiveness of the findings. The study identified nine emergent themes: Teamwork is the Key, The Risks Are There, It's All About the Funds, Education Helps, Consistency, Careful Planning, Self-Policing, and Hope for the Future. These themes highlighted the importance of teamwork between the police and community, acknowledged the risks in implementing police-community relations programs, and noted funding challenges and aligning with government initiatives. The officers expressed continuous effort and aspiration in their roles, emphasizing the need for collaborative planning and self-policing.