Date: May 18, 2017
By: Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The presidential protection battalions of the military police are to receive new uniforms
on June 1, Military Police Command Chief of Staff Major General Feng Yi (馮毅) said yesterday.
The changes are to apply to the 211th Battalion and the 332nd Battalion that guard the Presidential Office Building and the presidential residence, Feng said.
The new uniforms have been designed to provide better agility, mobility and comfort, Feng said, adding that they are black for the “intimidation factor against wrongdoers.”
The new uniforms replace the existing suits, green shirts and dress shoes which have been used since 2007. Personnel have complained that the suits restricted their mobility and were inconvenient.
The new uniforms are comprised of a cap, sunglasses, shirt, duty vest, utility belt, duty pants and field boots, and they cost NT$4,800 (US$159) per officer or about NT$8.6 million in total.
The vests have a pocket for a radio near the collar and bear the military police’s insignia and its English acronym on the chest, while a tab in Chinese on the back identifies the officer, Feng said. [FULL STORY]