NPA stream­lines du­ties to lessen work­load for po­lice

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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