Lina Sarmiento is the second female chief superintendent of the Philippine National Police and the first woman to head a national support unit of the PNP as chief of the PNP Community Relations Group. She is the second Filipina policewoman to be conferred a rank equivalent to a one-star or brigadier general after Yolanda Tanigue became the PNP's first female police general in 2006. Sarmiento was promoted to chief superintendent on March 24, 2009.
Sarmiento graduated with a degree in BS Chemistry from Adamson University. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Jose Rizal College and a Masters degree in Management from Philippine Christian University.
Sarmiento began her career in police service as a forensic chemist of the Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police Crime Laboratory in 1980. She eventually held leadership posts in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the former National Drug Law Enforcement and Prevention Coordination Center. She also served as chief of police in Apalit, Pampanga and Pandi, Bulacan.
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