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High-speed railway police established

High-speed railway police established

A 175-person police force was established yesterday as Taiwan's high speed railway system prepares to launch passenger service.
At least 45 police officers are expected to join the task force in the near future to complete the staffing of the 220-man force that will be responsible for the safety of the bullet train service, declared National Police Agency Director General Hou Yu-yi while hosting the inauguration ceremony.
The police will also put officers on trains, a policy inspired by the United States government's decision to deploy plain-clothed policemen aboard every plane after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.
"There will be high-speed railway police aboard each train to carry out the duty of safeguarding passengers' safety," Hou said.
He also noted that task force has held drills with local police and fire fighters of the 68 townships that the railway passes through to prepare for any possible problem.
Interior Minister Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) hoped that the new police force would cooperate with the existing railway police force and Taipei's rapid transit officers to maintain order at domestic train stations.


Updated : 2021-06-22 23:09 GMT+08:00