Tue, Feb 22, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Police aim at establishing a brand-new image, logo

FRESH START Minister of the Interior Su Jia-chyuan yesterday unveiled the National Police Agency's new agenda to combat crime and increase the force's size

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of the Interior Su Jia-chyuan, third right, and Minister Without Portfolio Lin Yung-chien, second right, lend their support to a new crime-fighting agenda as announced by Keelung City Police Department head Tiao Chien-sheng, fourth right, at a press conference at the National Police Agency yesterday.

PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING

Responding to Premier Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) call last week to increase the size of the police force, Minister of the Interior Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday unveiled his crime-combat agenda at a meeting with police chiefs from across the country held at the National Police Agency (NPA).

The agenda consists of six measures: To reinforce the police force and to improve the efficiency of the police administration; to elevate the rankings of police personnel; to combat scams and frauds; to crack down on thefts; to enhance police services and to promote public awareness of crime prevention.

All measures are slated to be launched on March 1.

During the meeting, Su, along with the police chiefs, signed a declaration titled "Citizens' Quest for Security -- The Police's Determination and Action."

The declaration states that since last year's presidential election, many large-scale rallies, demonstrations and explosions caused social unrest, and therefore the police should be more determined to carry out their duties to keep the nation safe.

Su's agenda aims at cooperating with local communities to build a relationship based on mutual trust when it comes to clamping down on crimes.

In a Cabinet meeting last Wednesday, Hsieh pointed out that the number of police personnel budgeted for this year is 72,423; however, 3,889 posts are still to be filled.

In order to boost the morale of the police force, Hsieh also encouraged the NPA to enhance the ranking of police officers in the overall government hierarchy.

In addition, Hsieh had also issued instructions to increase the percentage of criminal-investigation officers from 10 percent to 12 percent of the total police force, which will mean an increment of 10,000 criminal-investigation officers.

The NPA is also planning to transform its image by getting a new design for its police-station logo.

The logo is to include the name of the particular police station in both English and Chinese.

A public contest for a neighborhood-friendly logo was held in January but the winner has yet to be chosen, the NPA said yesterday.

In a meeting with the press earlier this month, Su displayed a few potential winning designs, all of which included a neon-yellow background and an animated police figure.

"The fresh new design is to remind us that police services are as neighborhood-friendly as the services provided by 7-Eleven," Su said.

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