(July 26, Korean Jun Ahn Daily Editorial)

Cannot be vacuumed for public safety

The collective action of the police against the decision of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety to establish a police administration bureau within the Ministry of the Interior and Safety is out of control. Both sides appear on a collision course after the conservative Yun Suk-yul administration has vowed to deal rigorously with such collective action by police.

The standoffs began after about 200 police chiefs across the country held a meeting over the weekend at an internal training center in Asan, Nanchu River, to oppose the ministry’s move to “manage the police.” In response, the National Police Agency (NPA) leadership suspended the rally organizer, Ryu Sam-young, from his position as Ulsan’s chief of police, about two hours after the meeting of senior police officers. center.

Intermediate to low-ranking police officers at police stations across the country have been upset after the decision to suspend him. They proposed to hold their own meeting at the same center on Saturday, protesting the ministry’s attempt to “reign over law enforcement.” The proposal was soon endorsed by their colleagues in a smaller unit of police.

In response to the collective action, President Yoon Suk-yul briefly stated, “I believe the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and the NPA will take the necessary steps soon.” In response to the president’s comments, Secretary of State Security Lee Sang-min compared collective action to a 1979 “military coup” by a group of military leaders. “The police chiefs’ meeting demands criminal punishment, not just disciplinary action,” he said.

As Lee pointed out, collective action that ignores government decisions cannot be justified. Meetings are not permitted without the permission of the leader. Such meetings can shake the very foundations of law and order. If intermediate to junior officers meet on Saturday, they must be responsible for resuming frontline duties.

It all started after the Moon Jae-in administration submitted a bill through the legislature to strip the prosecution’s right to investigate and hand it over to the police. After reaching the conclusion that the National Police Commission could not help check the mighty police, the government wanted to establish a bureau for police administration within the ministry. The ministry plans to submit amendments to relevant enforcement ordinances to the Cabinet today. However, the government did not fully explain the changes to the police or persuade them.

Attacks on government police under such circumstances only increase tensions. For example, comparing Minister Lee’s collective action with a military coup can inspire many police officers working faithfully. We hope that the government will quickly stabilize the police organization and leave no gaps in public security.
(end) (July 26, Korean Jun Ahn Daily Editorial)

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