There is no better way to protect the public from police misconduct than the People’s Law Enforcement Board. These disciplinary bodies are officed in all towns and have online databases. The PLEB has an excellent track record and is widely recognized as a check on police misconduct. But how effective is the PLEB? The answer may surprise you. The board generally renders decisions that are fair and uphold the law. Its role is to make sure that erring policemen do not have the opportunity to do harm.
PLEB is a check and balance mechanism against erring policemen
PLEB is a disciplinary authority in a Local Government Unit established by Republic Act No. 6975. It consists of five members selected by the local community, including a barangay captain or local councilor, two civilians, a woman, a lawyer, or a college graduate, and the police chief. PLEB accepts complaints against PNP members and takes action where necessary.
PLEBs shall be composed of members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod or Sangguniang Bayan, barangay captains, and respected members of the community. The board members shall serve for three years. DILG has created a Project Management Office at the national level to help strengthen PLEBs. It will initiate capacity development activities for members of PLEBs.
Members of the PLEB shall serve three-year terms and are eligible for re-appointment after two years. Members of the PLEB must be of good moral character and must not have committed a crime involving moral turpitude. In the event of a member’s termination, another qualified individual shall replace him. The PLEB may also issue a preventive suspension against a subordinate police officer for a period of 90 days.
The PLEB must have at least one member for every 500 policemen. The PLEB’s decision is final and executory, and appeals can only be filed in cases involving demotions and dismissals. However, the PLEB should not be ignored by police departments. A well-functioning PLEB can ensure that a police officer is able to protect the public.
It is a disciplinary authority
In every Local Government Unit, there is a disciplinary authority known as the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB). This is a government agency established by Republic Act No. 6975 and the DILG Act of 1990. The PLEB is headed by a chairman chosen from the PLEB members. The People’s Law Enforcement Board Office is located within the Local Government Unit. The PLEB is the central receiving entity for complaints filed by citizens against policemen. The board is empowered to issue reprimands, suspensions and dismissals when necessary.
The PLEB is composed of civilians, not military or active duty policemen. Its members include at least one city councilor, barangay captain, and three citizens of the community. One member must be a woman, and at least two must be college graduates or lawyers. The board is responsible for receiving citizen complaints regarding the behavior of PNP personnel. The complaints must be confidential so as not to be aired in the public.
The People’s Law Enforcement Board serves as a check on erring policemen. Its mandate was enacted under Republic Act No. 8551. The PLEB acts as the central receiving entity for citizen complaints against uniformed PNP members. It hears cases and renders decisions in SUMMALY. Its functions and mandate are outlined in the bill. Its jurisdiction extends beyond disciplinary cases to include a broad range of cases.
It has offices in every town
A People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) is a disciplinary authority in each Local Government Unit. It is established by Republic Act (RA) No. 6975 and the DILG Act of 1990. Each town or city has a PLEB. It is a local governing body with offices in every town or city. Its mission is to act as the primary source for complaints filed against police officers.
The PLEB is not made up of active duty policemen or military elements. The members of a PLEB must be citizens from the town. At least one community member must be a town councilor or barangay captain. A woman and a college graduate must be represented by at least one member of the board. These members will also be responsible for receiving complaints from the public against errant PNP members.
It has an online database system
The People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) has launched an online database system called the PLEB Online Database System, which keeps track of complaints and cases filed within its jurisdiction. This system will enhance service delivery for those involved in the filing, hearing, and decision of cases. It will also enable PLEB personnel to quickly track filed cases and provide real-time updates on case status. In addition to improving service delivery, PODS will save time for both PLEB employees and citizens.
The PLEB’s database system is easy to use, and allows the board to track cases and monitor the status of investigations. PLEBs are required by law to establish these systems in each city and municipality. A PLEB is the body that hears citizen complaints and adjudicates cases filed against erring police officers. PLEBs must exist for every 500 police officers in a city or municipality.