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Korean Police Security System Appeals to Foreign Police Officers
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Korean Police Security System Appeals to Foreign Police Officers
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • July 20, 2015, 06:30
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A police car in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ProjectManhattan via Wikimedia Commons)
A police car in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ProjectManhattan via Wikimedia Commons)

 

The 2015 Summer Universiade, which was held in the city of Gwangju from July 3 to July 14, became an opportunity to publicize the Korean police force's advanced public security system. 

Police officers from 13 countries around the world who joined the International Police Cooperation Center (IPCC) to help Korea successfully host the event visited the nation's major law enforcement agencies, examining security systems during the period, including the National Scientific, Criminal & Investigation Laboratory, the Korean National Police Agency Cyber Bureau, the 112 system for criminal reports, and the system for managing rallies and demonstrations. They said that the Korean police security system is generally systemized, some adding that they'd like to introduce the system to their country.

Chief superintendent García, head of the Columbia Police Academy, remarked, “The 112 system and CC TV control system are very impressive. So, I'd like to introduce them to our country.” He added, “First, let us invite experts on the system in Oct. to give a lecture to us.”

Foreign police officers, who experienced Korean police force's public safety system, are actively seeking to introduce equipment and the system, in addition to expertise in security.

In fact, Korean companies exported US$171.88 million worth of security equipment from 2005 to 2014. A police source said, "The number is officially recognized. So, the actual size of exports is probably much higher."

The security-related industry across the globe is further expanding. The global private security market, which was estimated at US$191 billion in 2014, is expected to grow 6.9 percent annually, reaching US$267 billion in 2018, according to a U.S. market research firm.

As a result, the police is planning to provide full support to companies which export security-related items. The National Police Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning to develop a method to scientifically maintain public order and security on July 9. Both sides decided to closely cooperate in pursuing R&D projects related the security area.