NPA streamlines duties to lessen workload for police
The National Police Agency (NPA) has decided to revise the tasks of police officers to reduce their workload, an official said Monday.
The restructuring will be applied to 20 types of police duties, including helping with the inspection of areas where smoking is banned and preventing illegal use of firecrackers and fireworks, NPA chief secretary Chen Chia-chang said.
Also, Taiwan’s police will no longer deal with situations that do not fall within the scope of their duties, such as complaints about frog and bird noises, Chen said at a news conference hosted by the ruling Kuomintang legislative caucus to draw public attention to the heavy workload of police officers.
KMT caucus whip Liao Kuotung said that besides maintaining law and order, police officers are responsible for assisting authorities with 184 tasks.
In addition, police officers are sometimes called upon to help change baby diapers, clear small rock falls, search for lost objects and change vehicle tires, Liao said, displaying photos to prove his statement.
In Taipei, there is one police officer for every 388 residents on average, while in New Taipei the ratio is 1:543, according to KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng, who said the ratios highlight the pressure placed on front-line officers.