Railway Stabbing Highlights Police Shortage|密閉車廂閃躲空間有限 鐵路捷運警風險大


The Taiwan Railways stabbing incident resulted in the death of an on-duty railway police officer. Being a railway police officer comes with no small risk. Railway police officers say regular police officers have guns, but railway and MRT police are subject to gun usage restrictions due to fear of stray bullets hitting passengers. Railway and MRT police officers are not allowed to use their guns unless an assailant is carrying a "powerful lethal weapon." Currently, railway and MRT police are only given stun guns, which can be used from a far distance. As such, they are considered safer than police batons.


A rail passenger wielding a weapon confronts the police. He is subdued with a stun gun.

Taipei City rapid transit police are equipped with batons, tear gas, stun guns and pistols. However, they are only permitted to use their pistols under certain circumstances.

If an assailant is carrying a weapon that is confirmed to be really lethal, we may use our police pistols, which are more lethal, to suppress (the assailant).

Traffic police sometimes have to deal with aggressive drunk drivers, but are only allowed to use their batons even when drivers get violent. They can only use their pistols when the driver has a pistol himself or during narcotic inspections. Officers performing drunk driving checks often work alone, which means a sudden attack puts their life in jeopardy.

For example, (traffic police) are more likely to be alone when they are on traffic violation patrol. If they encounter, for example, someone with a firearm, it may be more dangerous for them.

(Railway police) are always on patrol in pairs. However, the officer in this case was on backup duty. During backup duty, officers may be alone. This may have to be changed.

The Taiwan Police Union says the fatal stabbing highlights the railway police manpower shortage, and training and safety programs may have to be reevaluated and reinforced.



失控的民眾手持武器,與警方對峙、險象環生,員警選擇使用"電擊槍",成功將人制伏。

北市捷運警察隊,展示平日值勤裝備,不僅配有警棍、瓦斯噴霧、還有電擊槍,另外腰間還配有警用手槍。不過,強調非萬不得已不會使用。

北市捷運警察隊大隊長 陳金城表示:「手槍的部分,如果這個歹徒他持有的武器,確實是很具有殺傷力的,我們可能就會使用,比較殺傷力的這個警槍,來做一個反制。」

用槍時機有多敏感,其實交通警察最清楚,因為平日主要攔檢勤務,就是酒測,偶爾會遇到神智不清醉漢挑釁,但面對暴力攻擊,只能使用車上警棍,除非攔檢對象車上有槍枝、或進行毒品盤查勤務,才能用槍。而且平日交通取締,通常是一人作業,如果遭遇突發攻擊,其實風險不小。

北市交通大隊中隊長 王銘祥表示:「譬如說他取締交通違規的時候,是比較容易一個人在做一個值勤,有遇到如果說有民眾拿槍的時候,可能會比較危險。」

警察工作權益推動協會監事 黃約農表示:「(鐵路警察)他們巡邏一定是兩個人,但是我們今天,去處理事情的這位員警,他是備勤下去處理,那備勤他就可能只有一個人上去,這個部分可能也是之後,可能要再加強。」

警察工作權益推動協會表示,鐵路警察值勤攔檢身亡,突顯警方人力配置不足以外,也要探究平日勤務訓練是否紮實,因為看似偶發性殺人事件,讓人防不勝防,員警值勤安全訓練強度,恐怕需要再提升。

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