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A study on the development of the national police system under local autonomy

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Choi, Ki Moon

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Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
Korean Journal of Policy Studies, Vol.11, pp. 231-255
On July 7th 1995, local autonomy was introduced on a full scale in Korea. This
caused a nationwide realization that center-oriented ways of thinking and
administrative systems should be boldly transformed into local oriented ways of
thinking and administrative systems.
Under these influences of localization, strong demands for change were made on the
police system. Whenever there had been talk of government organizational reforms, the
police organization has been a controversy between the ruling party and the
opposition ever since it started out as the police department of the ministry for
internal affairs in July 1968.
The substance of the controversy was about preventing the police from politically
misusing its authority, caused by its becoming the servant of the regime because it
lacks political neutrality and independence, not about distributing police authorities to
local governments. Thus, while the Law on Governmental Organization has been
amended nearly 40 times, not once did it contain substance about local police systems.
But as local autonomy is instituted, some opposition parties and local governments are advocating the introduction of a local police system on the grounds of political
neutrality of the police and police service that is better suited for local circumstances.
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