By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
Taiwan’s police agency convened a forum on Monday to help police officers tap into social
media and big data trends in a bid to enhance both professionalism and public trust.
Over 100 police officers islandwide gathered at the forum held in Taipei City organized by the National Police Agency (NPA), Ministry of Interior. The director-general of the National Police Agency Chen Kuo-en made opening remarks at the forum, pointing out that information technologies and social media have been particularly highlighted in reducing crimes and strengthening public communications respectively since he took office in April. Chen added that the agency has to cultivate more professional talents specializing in information technology amongst police officers in order to effectively serve in terms of maintenance of public order and securities.
The Internet scam has been a big headache in Taiwan, but a Criminal Investigation Bureau official said at the forum that the adoption of the information technology and the cooperation with telecommunication service providers have significantly reduced the number of the reported online fraud from approximately 500 cases per month years ago to the single digit number today. [FULL STORY]