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Ministry appoints Chen Kuo-en as next head of NPA

THEORY, PRACTICE:The National Police Agency appointee has headed the Taichung and Chiayi police departments and also holds a doctorate

Staff writer, with CNA

New Taipei City Police Commissioner Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) has been appointed to serve as the director-general of the National Police Agency (NPA), the Ministry of the Interior announced yesterday.

Chen is to take over from retiring NPA Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) on Wednesday next week, the ministry said.

Wang, 63, became head of the National Police Agency on June 20, 2008, and is the longest-serving police chief in the nation’s history.

The ministry said that since the start of Wang’s law enforcement career in 1975, he has held several important posts and has done outstanding work, cracking several major criminal cases.

In recognition of his efforts, the ministry is to present him with a professional medal and a first-grade police medal today.

His replacement, Chen, has a doctorate from Central Police University and significant experience as an officer.

He has served as the head of the Kaohsiung City Police Department’s Yancheng Precinct and chief of several precincts in the Taipei City Police Department.

He was also head of the Chiayi City Police Department and Taichung County Police Department and chief secretary of the NPA.

The ministry said that during his term as the head of the New Taipei City Police Department, Chen introduced many innovative measures to improve the department’s performance and effectiveness, and that he built channels of direct communication with local residents and rank-and-file police officers.

Chen said that he would do his best in his new post to lead officers to perform outstandingly and live up to the public’s expectations.

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