A planned amendment to the Police Personnel Promotion Act (警察人員升遷辦法) would allow an officer’s promotion to be based on their successful use of new technology during investigations, the Ministry of the Interior said earlier this month.
Article 20 of the Police Personnel Management Act (警察人員人事條例) says: “Police personnel with special merits should be promoted. The National Police Agency shall convene a public meeting to review the promotion.”
The definition of “special merits,” under Article 14 of the promotion act, is defined as “keeping the head of state safe, or resolving incidents at the risk of one’s own life when on special duty; actively solving cases that would result in civil unrest, uncovering groups that further foreign aggression and capturing criminals of major crimes at the risk of one’s own life.”
The amendment adds a fourth category of special merits, defined as conducting police operations that uniquely contribute to the state and society.
The ministry said that police investigation methods, including the equipment and tools they have at their disposal, are constantly changing with new technology.
Such innovations have allowed police to deal with the modern methods that are being adopted by criminals, the ministry said.
Additionally, increased use of surveillance technology has allowed police to determine the best time to raid criminal hideouts or to begin investigations, drastically reducing police casualties, the ministry said.
The adept use of technology should be considered a “significant contribution to state and society,” it added.
Applications for promotion based on the amendment would be reviewed by the National Police Agency’s special merit promotion review committee, the ministry said.
Any decision would be based on the results of an operation or what contributions technology played in resolving the case, it added.
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