Taiwan to arm airport police with submachine guns

Measure to take effect in late May

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Police at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

Police at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - In order to strengthen efforts against terrorism, airport police will soon be equipped with submachine guns, reports said Tuesday.

The National Security Council and relevant security organs studied the needs of the various police forces and concluded they should ask the Ministry of Interior’s National Police Agency to reconsider the issuing of weapons to airport police at each important airport in the country, according to the Liberty Times.

The amendments needed some time to be worked out, so airport police would not receive the submachine guns until late May at the earliest, the report said.

On March 7, the Ministry of Interior announced an overhaul of the rules guiding which police forces could use which type of weapons, and the inclusion of the airport police on the list for submachine guns for the first time was part of that change, the Liberty Times reported.

The move would help police scare off terrorism and crime while help a quick response to incidents, officials said.