An unprecedented event occurred in which the appointment of the police chief was overturned in two hours. The magistrate is the third highest rank in the police after the chief magistrate, and there are only 30 of the 140,000 police officers. The National Police Agency announced on the 21st at 7:14 p.m. the promotions and telegrams for 28 police chiefs. However, at around 9:34 pm, Yoo Jae-seong, the head of the Cyber Investigation Bureau, who was originally appointed as the head of the National Investigation Headquarters, remained in office, and Yoon Seung-young, the head of the Chungnam Provincial Autonomous Police Department, was appointed as the head of the investigation bureau. .
The police chief, who is equivalent to the chief of the provincial and provincial Police Agency, is appointed after the recommendation of the chief of the National Police Agency, the recommendation of the Minister of the Interior and Safety, and the approval of the president. When the personnel plan is finally decided, the National Police Agency receives it from the Ministry of Public Administration and Security and announces it. However, the National Police Agency explained that confusion occurred when the security policy officer (police officer) dispatched to the Ministry of Public Administration and Security sent a personnel plan before the final draft. The intention is that it was a mistake of a working person, but it is an absurd thing that cannot happen in a normal government institution.
On the 22nd, Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min rebuked the police, saying, “The National Police Agency has strangely announced itself before the president’s approval, so it has been three months.” On the other hand, the National Police Agency did not explicitly acknowledge responsibility, saying, “There was no cross-check between the presidential office, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, and the police.” Core questions such as why the security policy officer sent an unconfirmed personnel plan, why it took two hours to correct the personnel appointment, and whether there was any conflict between the Ministry of Public Security and the police over personnel matters, were not clearly explained. is shifting responsibility.
On the 21st, when the Ministry of Public Administration and Security issued a recommendation by the Police System Improvement Advisory Committee to strengthen control over the police, the police are strongly protesting. Under this circumstance, as soon as Minister Lee returned to Korea on the afternoon of the 21st, a personnel appointment was carried out, and an unprecedented personnel incident occurred. There are voices within the police that suspect that the Ministry of Public Safety and Security is taming the police. The Minister announced that he would investigate the facts. If we do not transparently disclose the process through which this appointment was decided and announced, the public’s suspicions and the police’s suspicions will grow like a snowball.