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Mobile police stations to be reviewed next January: Ko

Mobile police stations to be reviewed next January: Ko

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The benefits and disadvantages of recently introduced mobile police stations will be evaluated next January, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday.
After his new administration took office last December, the outspoken mayor proposed to do away with some police stations housed inside tall buildings. Instead, the officers would work from vans which would be able to reach the public rather than waiting for the public to come to them.
The change in policy incited fears that police officers would be hard to reach when most needed, while critics said Ko was only trying to save money for the city government while neglecting public safety needs.
On Saturday, he rejected claims that he had said all police stations in the capital should be shut down and replaced by the mobile system. Five mobile stations were in operation and would be evaluated after half a year, most likely in January 2016, the mayor said. Only then would a decision be reached on whether or not to continue the experiment and in what form, according to Ko.
The mayor said he favored creativity, but it was also necessary to see how new things functioned before deciding how to improve them.
Ko was elected as an independent last November on promises of drastic reforms and more openness and transparency.


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:50 GMT+08:00