As President Yoon Seok-yeol pointed out that the police overturning the appointment of a police officer was a “serious disturbance of the national flag,” a battle is taking place over the relevance of the existing ‘customs’ and ‘legislative system’. The government is raising the theory of police responsibility by citing procedural issues, but the police are keeping a close eye on the situation.
According to the police on the 22nd, high-ranking officers of the police are recommended by the Minister of the Interior and Safety after being recommended by the Commissioner of the National Police Agency and approved by the President. Although the Ministry of Public Administration and Security and the president’s personnel rights are guaranteed, there are aspects of this being done formally for reasons such as the independence and neutrality of the police. Usually, when the police consult with the Blue House Senior Office for Civil Affairs and appoint an appointment, the person is greeted after approval.
What is heating up the controversy over this personnel situation is that the police announced the personnel appointments before the president’s approval was given. While the police are in the position of “it was customary,” the presidential office is chastising the police, saying it is a “serious disorganization of the national flag”. Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min also said in an interview with a press on the same day, “It became a problem because the (police) personnel officer did not check the drafting stage (personnel plan) without approval from the president’s office, and notified the internal personnel system. ” he pointed out. It is explained that the police made advance notices as usual before the payment was made, as they had been coordinated in advance. Moreover, the situation in which the personnel list delivered by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security is changed within a few hours is also unprecedented, so it is literally an unprecedented situation.
In addition, suspicions are being raised against the Ministry of Public Administration and Security for the surprise announcement of a public security officer equivalent to that of the chief of the city and provincial police department on the evening of the day before taking office. The fact that Minister Lee greeted as soon as he returned from a business trip to the United States and that the list of personnel re-distributed as the final draft includes a person suspected of preferential treatment for golf courses also seems to ignite controversy. Some observers say that the power struggle between the police and the government over personnel rights was expressed in the absence of the chief civil affairs office, which previously coordinated personnel appointments with the police.
In a confusing situation with the recommendation of the police system improvement advisory committee of the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the police are showing a look of embarrassment. The meeting between the heads of both sides, which was considered a breakthrough in the pending issues of the police and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, is difficult to achieve. Commissioner Kim Chang-ryong said on this day, “We requested it, but Minister Lee Sang-min seems to have a busy schedule. We are trying to have a meeting as soon as possible,” said Minister Lee, who only replied, “I do not know.”
In the midst of this, former members of the Administrative and Safety Committee of the Democratic Party of Korea visited the National Police Agency this morning to meet with Commissioner Kim. They criticized President Yoon’s remarks about ‘disruption of the national flag’, saying, “The government’s attempts to control the police are reaching their peak.” Democratic Party lawmaker Baek Hye-ryun said, “Minister Lee returned to Korea at around 5 pm (from a business trip in Georgia) on the same day, and at around 6 pm, the first appointment proposal came down to the National Police Agency and was overturned in 2 hours. He said, “I know that’s not the case.” She continued, “It was clearly discussed with the administration of An-eun, who came down in the first place. We have to find out what happened in the two hours.”
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