Section 25. Criminologist Defined. – A criminologist is any person who is a graduate of the Degree of Criminology, who has passed the examination for criminologists and is registered as such by the Board. Section 26. Practice of Criminology Defined. – A person is deemed to be engaged in the practice of Criminology if he holds himself out to the public in any of the following capacities:
(a) As a professor, instructor or teacher in Criminology in any university, college or school duly recognized by the government and teaches any of the following subjects: (a) Law Enforcement Administration, (b) Criminalistics or Forensic Science, (c) Correctional Administration, (d) Criminal Sociology and allied subjects, and (e) other technical and specialized subjects in the Criminology curriculum.
(b) As law enforcement administrator, executive, adviser, consultant or agent in any government or private agency. (c) As technician in dactyloscopy, ballistics, questions documents, police photography, polygraphy (lie detection), forensic chemistry and other scientific aspects of crime detection. (d) As correctional administrator, executive supervisor, worker or officer in any correctional and penal institution.
(e) As a consultant, counselor, expert, adviser, researcher in any government or private agency on any aspects of criminal research or project involving the causes of crime, juvenile delinquency, treatment of offenders, police operations, law enforcement administration, scientific criminal investigation or public welfare administration. Section 27. Privileges of Licensed Criminologists. – All licensed.
criminologists shall be exempt from taking any other entrance or qualifying government or civil service examinations and shall be considered civil service eligible to the entry in the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and to government positions as (1) dactylographer, (2) ballistician, (3) questioned document examiner, (4) correctional officer, (5) law enforcement photographer, (6) polygraph examiner, (7) probation officer, (8) agents in any law enforcement agency, (9) security officer, (10) criminal investigator, or (11) police laboratory technician.
Section 28. Prioritization in the Law Enforcement Services. – A licensed criminologist shall be prioritized for appointment in the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Corrections, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and all other plantila positions among government agencies with law enforcement functions. Provided, that the applicant shall meet the basic requirements of entry under applicable laws. ARTICLE VII Continuing Professional Education and Review Programs for Criminologists Section 29.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for Criminologists – The Board, in coordination with the accredited Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP) and appropriate government or private agencies shall initiate to undertake and conduct continuing professional education for criminologists that would upgrade the level of skill and competence of criminologists in the country, such as but not limited to the areas of criminological research, law enforcement, forensic science, security management, correction administration, criminal investigation, and such other areas as may be determined by the Board.
Section 30. Comprehensive Criminology Review Program. – The Board, in coordination with the accredited Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP) shall recognize criminology review programs offered by criminology review centers. The Commission on Higher Education is hereby mandated to formulate and develop a Comprehensive Criminology Review Program to be adopted by all criminology review centers that would help the criminology board examinees increase their chances of passing the licensure examination.
ARTICLE VIII Salaries and Benefits for Criminologists Section 31. Salary. – In order to enhance the general welfare, commitment to service and professionalism of criminologists the minimum base pay of criminologists shall not be lower than salary grade 15 prescribes under Republic Act No.
6758, otherwise known as the “Compensation and Classification Act of 1989″: Provided, That for criminologists working in the Philippine National Police, adjustments to their salaries shall be in accordance with Republic Act no. 8551 otherwise known as ”Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”, Provided further, That for criminologists working in other law enforcement agencies, adjustments to their salaries shall be in accordance to applicable existing laws.
Section 32. Incentives and Benefits. – The Board of Criminologists, in coordination with the Department of Justice and other concerned government agencies, and the accredited Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines (PCAP) shall establish an incentive and benefit system in the form of free legal services for criminologists and their dependents, scholarship grants and other non-cash benefi.