The National Police Agency yesterday implemented new rules on how police officers should interact with members of the criminal underworld when doing so is necessary for investigative purposes. \nUnder the new regulations — enacted after the release of footage showing a police officer in Taichung interacting with a prominent gangster who was shot dead in late May — police officers will be required to file paperwork to obtain approval from superior officers whenever they need to contact suspected gangsters. \nThe agency also made public a poll held last week, which showed that the majority of officers welcomed the new measure. \nAn anonymous police officer said that while following the new regulations would not be a problem for police officers, the additional red tape could inconvenience some investigations. \n“Honestly, we have yet to receive the official notice from the agency, so I have no idea what to do on the first day [of the new regulations],” said an officer surnamed Tsai from Taipei County Police Department's Yonghe Precinct. \nAfter being told that the majority of police officers approved of the new regulation, Tsai said those officers were probably not saying what they really thought. \nAn investigation team member, Tsai said he was surprised by the amount of paperwork he would have to complete under the new regulations. \nHe said he worried about how much time would be wasted, and if it would undermine investigative efforts and the force's ability to catch suspects. \n“Some officers’ passion for their work could also be affected by the knowledge that they will have to do so much more to fight crime,” Tsai said. \nThe officer said it was necessary for police officers to get close to criminals to understand how they think and operate. \n“Many officers may hold back [getting close to a gangster] because of the new rule,” Tsai said. \n“If you do not get closer to him, how are you going to collect sufficient evidence and arrest him?” Tsai asked.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu