Tue, Feb 19, 2013 - Page 3 News List

Military police officials lament passing of an era

By Lo Tien-bin and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

Some MP commands may be merged, the official said, adding that the resulting empty offices and barracks could be sought by other units.

The barracks of the East Area Military Police Precinct office, beside the Taipei Municipal Dun-Hua Junior High School and near the Huan Ya business area, are now used by Taipei Police Department’s Songshan precinct, the official said.

The official also said that the Hualien County Government wants to use the Hualien Military Police Precinct — a century-old building on Hualien City’s Sanmin Street — after the MP precinct was relocated two years ago.

Meanwhile, the official said that despite the downsizing, there were some branches of the military police that would retain their importance, pointing to the AFPC, located behind the Presidential Office, as an example.

As the AFPC shares offices with the MP 202 Command Headquarters — the branch of the military police tasked with the defense of the Bo-ai Special District (博愛特區) and thus the nearest military force capable of combat duty to the Presidential Office — it would not experience any decrease in importance, the official said.

The Bo-ai Special District is a military restricted area and a designated no-fly zone that houses most of the central government’s office buildings, with the exception of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, which relocated outside of the district in 2006.

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