Two police officers from Kaohsiung City's Liouguei Precinct have been arrested this month for driving drunk. This has damaged the reputation of the police, and is threatening bigger demerits and dismissals if it happens again. On Oct. 23, an officer surnamed Hsieh drove his car into a car parked by the roadside. He received two demerits and was dismissed on Oct. 27. City and precinct officials were all disciplined as well with various levels of demerits.
On the 6th, the captain of the Wanshan Police Station was caught driving drunk after crashing into another car. Less than a month later, an officer from Maolin Police Station crashed into a parked car also while driving drunk. At the request of Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chi-mai, the city police has handed down demerits and dismissals.
This officer is a repeat offender, and his blood alcohol level was 1.2. He received a major demerit in accordance with regulations. He violated Article 12 of the Civil Service Performance Rating Act and caused severe damage the reputation of the government and civil servants. He received two major demerits and was dismissed.
Officials and other personnel from both city and precinct police were disciplined as well with demerits. The police rights association says there are legal grounds for the two demerits and it respects the decision of the city police, but it does not agree with the decision to punish officers by taking away their vacation days.
What are you supposed to do at home on your day off? We can't go too deep. Police have the right to do what they want when they are not on duty. (This officer) made a bad decision, but how do we know if he drank before his time off?
Kaohsiung City Police Department Commissioner Liu Po-liang says police officers have been forbidden from driving drunk in the past and disciplinary measures will have to be harsher in the future since this is a reoccurring problem.