Police Under Pressure to Get Media Exposure 司改會控高市警局 辦案新聞列績效評比

Civic groups have exposed the Kaohsiung police for including positive media exposure in the performance evaluations of officers. A police rights group says officers are under so much pressure to get media attention that they don't think twice about violating confidentiality laws.


Police are on duty on the street, citing traffic violations or cracking down on crimes. However, civic groups including the Judicial Reform Foundation say many Kaohsiung police stations order officers to get as much media attention as possible and base performance evaluations on positive media exposure.

Cheng Wen-lung, Committee Convener, Judicial Reform Foundation: “Police officers have a hard enough job as it is, and on top of that they have to meet these inappropriate performance targets set by their superiors. This means they have no time for basic police tasks.”

Leaked Kaohsiung City Police Department documents show the department keeps track of the number of positive news reports published, with officers getting one point for every online report and four times the points for front-page headline stories in the three major dailies. Stations are also ranked by number of points. Police rights groups say officers are under so much pressure to get the media attention that they don't think twice about releasing names, recordings and other confidential case information to the media.

Hsiao Jen-hao, Board Director, Taiwan Police Union: “Many municipalities have media exposure requirements for their officers. Take Kaohsiung, for example. There are countless cases of officers directly handing secretly recorded footage over to the media. This is of course highly inappropriate, not to mention illegal.”

In response, the Kaohsiung City Police Department says it keeps statistics to motivate officers and improve the image of the police, and no one is penalized for lack of media exposure. It also says it abides by all disclosure-related laws and regulations and holds evaluation meetings regularly.

 

 

 

 

員警大街上執勤,無論取締交通違規,還是打擊重大犯罪,都在第一線服務,不過,民間司改會等團體,點名高雄等多個警局,甚至還要求員警,全力搏媒體版面,把正面新聞的曝光度,納入員警的績效評比。

民間司改會檢察官與警察制度改革專組召集人鄭文龍指出:「警界在很勤務繁重之下,又要去配合長官不當的這個績效的目標,導致他很多正常的警察業務,沒有辦法這個去充分的去達成。」

曝光高雄市警局內部資料,分享各分局正面新聞案例,更統計媒體報導件數,民間司改會指出,網路媒體報導1件加1分;三大報頭版則獲4倍加權分,依各分局得分數,進行排名,警權團體表示,基層員警為爭取媒體聲量,可能提供嫌犯供詞、秘錄器等內容,已經違法偵查不公開。

台灣警察工作權益推動協會理事蕭仁豪表示:「在蠻多縣市都有這種要求,要有媒體露出的狀況,像是剛剛講的高雄,他就是很多都是,直接把密錄器畫面拿出來做新聞,基層當然就會覺得這樣子非常的不恰當,因為他會有違法的問題。」

高雄市警局則回應,統計正面新聞露出,是以獎勵方式激勵同仁,不會有懲處,適時的新聞發布,也能提升警察正面形象,刑事的破案的案件,也都有嚴格遵守偵查不公開,並定期召開會議檢討。

 

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