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Taiwan Quick Take: Special forces expanded


The National Police Agency yesterday expanded its special force from 40 members to 150 in an attempt to boost security. Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋), who presided over a ceremony announcing the change, said that the new force, equipped with superior weapons, would prevent gangsters from using better weapons to outdo the police. Lee said that the special force's officers would be located at four offices nationwide and would help police carry out missions such as raids, seizing important criminals and fighting terrorism. The superior equipment includes a number of armored vehicles to transport the officers to dangerous sites, SIG SAUER P226 pistols, MP5A5 submachine guns, AW-P sniper guns, sniper scopes and rifle scopes.

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