The election of South Korea's Kim Jong-yang as Interpol's president after months of scandal will likely cause the organization to return to its core mission as delegates elected a career police officer over the Kremlin-based Alexander Prokopchuk.
The role is Kim will largely carry out ceremonial and day-to-day operations of the Secretary General. Kim is charged with saving the organization's reputation after former President Meng Hongwei of China, who was arrested on corruption charges, was suddenly deposed. Meng's wife, Grace Meng, insists he is innocent and says the charges are based on a vendetta in his security department that has put China's authoritarian system in the limelight.
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"He is known for persistence, and many people in Korea have compared him to a bulldozer: Whatever he wants to do, he will do it," said Lee Chang-Hoon, a professor at the Hannam University Police Department in Daejeon. "He is likely to argue for increased cooperation between authorities in investigations and, in particular, to focus on cross-border cybercrime."
His Choice is a High-Level Victory for a Government Program Known as a "K-Cop Wave" with South Korean Officials The global popularity of K-pop music should this time be imitated with police tactics.
The program was established in 2015 and has trained officers from dozens of countries, focusing on East Asian countries with large Korean populations. In several countries, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, several dedicated desks have been set up and Korean police products pushed into the international market.
South Korean police have a rich history behind them. In years of dictatorship, they were feared as instruments of the regime and helped crush pro-democracy protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980, which left hundreds dead. In recent years, police have been confronted with the criticism that crimes against women are not taken seriously.