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National Police Agency Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong bows in Incheon, Thursday, in apology over police officers' insufficient responses to an attempted murder incident that occurred in the city, Nov. 15. Yonhap
National Police Agency Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong bows in Incheon, Thursday, in apology over police officers' insufficient responses to an attempted murder incident that occurred in the city, Nov. 15. Yonhap

By Jun Ji-hye

The National Police Agency will carry out special training for more than 10,000 first-year and second-year officers across the country amid growing public distrust toward police following a recent attempted murder incident in Incheon.

The agency said the 16-hour training will be conducted from Monday until Jan. 31, focusing on nurturing new officers' capability of better responding to crime scenes.

The training will include handcuffs and taser use. A taser is an electroshock weapon used to temporarily incapacitate targets.

Police have recently become the target of public criticism after a woman in her 40s was stabbed in the neck by a neighbor due to their dispute over noise in a small apartment building in Incheon's Namdong District, Nov. 15.

When the victim was stabbed, a rookie officer who was present ran to the first floor, instead of separating the attacker from the victim, "to request assistance," leaving the victim and her daughter alone at the scene. This resulted in the daughter also suffering injuries to her face and hands after being assaulted by the neighbor.

The victim who was stabbed in the neck, underwent emergency surgery, but has not yet regained consciousness.

It was later known that the officer had not received proper training at a police school due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.


Jun Ji-hye jjh@koreatimes.co.kr


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