Taipei City Police Commissioner Chen Chia-chang officially retired on July 16. He will be succeeded by former Taichung City Police Commissioner Yang Yuan-ming.
In April, Taipei's Songshan Precinct was vandalized by a group of men wearing black. Reports of a police coverup immediately began spreading. Before this scandal abated, an abuse-of-power scandal erupted in Beitou, followed by the restaurant cockroach incident. On July 16, Taipei City Commissioner Chen Chia-chang retired.
Yang Yuan-ming ,New Taipei City Police Commissioner:”It's not just this investigation. We have to fully investigate all leads, from network to members to cash flow to cash source in order to thoroughly root these things out.”
Chen's successor is Yang Yuan-ming, who says he will focus his attention on disease prevention, social order and crime-fighting. A graduate of Central Police Agency, Yang served four years as Taichung City police commissioner. He also has close to two decades of experience in Taipei, including stints as Wenshan First Precinct chief and Criminal Investigation Division chief.
According to reports, Yang was not Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's top choice for the post.
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor:”Police, personnel, accounting and politics are all part of the same whip. We all respect the system that this whip represents, so we didn't have any specific person in mind (for the post).”
Ko says Chen was able to close every single major case during his tenure in Taipei and Yang's top priorities at his new post will be social order, transportation and serving the people.