Alma Hernandez Gapunuan
BS Criminology, 2005
Aspiring for a professional career way back in 2001, my dream was to get into the College of Criminology and become a police officer someday.
My dream of becoming a police officer means I have to be equipped with confidence, knowledge, and skills to become one. My full scholarships indeed served as a bridge for me to pursue my higher education and become part of the Police Force. Being a “resident scholar” then means I must maintain my grades and other obligations to keep on track. And in 2005, I graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned my bachelor’s degree in criminology.
LPU-College of Criminology (now College of Criminal Justice) review programs handled by competent reviewers helped me prepare for the board examinations. My academic performance qualified me for partial review fees. Luckily, I ranked 20th nationwide with an average of 84.25% in the Criminology Licensure Examinations of May 2005.
With the invaluable and wholehearted support of my LPU family to fulfill my dream of becoming a police officer, I entered the service on October 5, 2005, with the rank of Police Officer 1. I have passed the rigid selection process of the PNP Lateral Program Entry and took oath as PNP Line Officer with the rank of Police Inspector on November 1, 2011.
Being employed at the Philippine National Police since 2005 made me a woman of public service. I have served various units such as San Pablo City PS, Padre Garcia MPS, Batangas CPS, and Laguna PPO. At present, I am designated as Plans Officer of the Regional Plans and Strategy Management Division, Regional Headquarters, Police Regional Office 4A since April 9, 2019.
All of these took me more than being a woman and a public servant standing as one of the front-liners today who untiringly serve and protect amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I am thankful to LPU-Batangas for the chance to study, having quality education with experienced professors, and unforgettable college days. I have come to know the best teachers, mentors, and amazing people who enlightened me about the nitty-gritty of my current profession. Thanks to my LPU family, I have more courage and determination to carry on with my duties and responsibilities as a police officer.#ButiNaLangNagLyceumAko