National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior. Republic of China(Taiwan)
The Amendment to the Salary Scale of National Police Passed by the Legislative Yuan in the Third Reading benefited 80,000 Police Officers and Firefighters
The Legislative Yuan passed the amendment to “Article 22 of the Police Personnel Management Act, Annex 1- Salary Scale”, proposed by Legislator Tuan Yi-Kang and others on May 29 on its third reading. The amendment allows for one level-up of seniority pay from 500 to 525 for all police officers and firefighters below level IV. In addition, the motion proposed by legislators of the ruling and opposition parties regarding one level-up of seniority pay from 525 to 550 for all police officers below III was also passed in this amendment, too. The passing of the amendment symbolized the recognition of the Legislative Yuan for nationwide hard-working police officers and firefighters before Police Day, said Minister of Interior Yeh Chun-Rong. He expressed his profound gratitude to the support of Executive Yuan, the ruling and opposition parties of the Legislative Yuan, the Examination Yuan, Ministry of Civil Services, Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, and the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the new law allows for the salary raise of police and firefighter officers below level IV and police officers at level III, which amounts to NT$1,370 and NT$1,375 for each officer monthly, respectively. Likewise, each officer will get a salary raise about NT$19,000 annually and an additional NT$1,644 for each officer below level IV and NT$1,650 for each officer at level III for their monthly pension, which amount to NT$19,000 annually after their retirement. There are some 28,242 police officers and firefighters below level IV who benefited immediately on the first year, and an additional of 1,371poice officers and firefighters benefiting on the second year and some 873 police officers and firefighters benefiting on the third year. Similarly, some 4,439 police officers at level III will benefit on the first year, 3,366 police officers will benefit on the second year and some 314 police officers will benefit on the third year.
Most of the police officers and firefighters have to work far away from home for their duties and they have to rent houses for their accommodation. Owing to the specific nature of their duties, which includes long hours, heavy burden and high danger, Ministry of Interior plans to allocate a specific proportion of the accommodation facility at the Universiade village at Linkou to the police and firefighters for their proper residence. At the same time, police officers and firefighters may apply for shared accommodations (kinship is not required but eligibility and background check for each tenant is required) where 3-room or 4-room flats will be available.
Besides, the Ministry of Interior also hopes that the local governments can give their support for this plan. In May, the ministry has asked 6 municipal governments to research the possibility of easing the rules for the police officers and firefighters in applying for accommodations under the 2017 social housing leasing service program as tenants. This would reduce the burden of the police officers and firefighters in need of social housing.
Finally, the law about salary raises not only provides the rank-and-file police officers and firefighters with a substantive increase in their monthly income, but also yields long-term benefits, which is the best way for them, emphasized the Ministry of Interior. The new law provides safe, stable and comfortable accommodations for the police and firefighters on the one hand and improves their quality of works on the other hand. The Ministry of Interior will continue to care the police officers and firefighters through combining the social residence and other welfare policies to improve their working conditions, salaries and accommodation. In addition, the Ministry of Interior will continue to fight for more related rights for the police officers and firefighters in the future.