Moon attends 75th Police Day ceremony

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President Moon celebrated 75th Police Day on October 21 at Police Training Institute in Asan City. The ceremony was held under the title 'We Are South Korean Police' and the pledge to allegiance was made at the same time with police offices on duty alongside residents on Gageo Island in the west, Mara Island in the south and Dok Island in the east. A total of 459 police officers received rewards from the government on the day including Lee Jun-gyu (deceased) who protected lives of citizens during the Gwangju Democratic Movement and Yu Jae-guk (deceased) who saved a life in an accident on the Han River. 

Moon praised South Korean police for their hard work and their services to make nation safe. He valued highly of their devotion and diligence in times of COVID-19 since January and in storms and flooding this summer during which number of police officers lost their lives. Moon showed his respect and encouragement.

Moon said that the government had so far carried out 330 reforms relating to better policing including human rights-aware investigation. He pointed out securing independence and responsibility of the police through the revision of investigation rights between the police and the prosecution and expected the impending launch of the National Investigation Headquarters which will divide the roles of the detective and the administrative. 

Moon asked attendees to do their best with a great sense of responsibility and fairness and professionalism. He mentioned that the police would have heavy burden on their shoulder if the anticommunist investigation rights moved to the police and this can be an opportunity for the police to prove its capability. 

He added that the government would provide fair and reasonable reward and treatment so that the police can focus on protecting people's lives and safety. 

Moon visits Songdo Smart City
President Moon paid a visit to Songdo Smart City, Incheon, on October 22 to check smart city project which is part of the Korean New Deal. The smart city project is a new operation model to control problems in cities such as housing, traffic and environment by using big data and ICT. Songdo Smart City, Incheon, is the first city applied with smart city concept and the city has seen advancements in the related technologies for the last 20 years. 

Moon was briefed by Incheon Free Economic Zone head Lee Won-jae on bus leave and arrival, weather, disaster and fire alarm, traffic and security. He then moved to a briefing session on smart city strategies and emphasized his will of South Korea leading the smart industry of the world. 

He said that 28 local governments were currently running or introducing smart city projects and brought up shared parking, demand-based bus and van taxi as good examples. He pointed out that the government would pour 10 trillion won (8.8 billion USD) in smart city project to create more than 150,000 jobs nationwide. 

He explained that IoT sensors attached on roads, highways, railways, bridges, dams and waterways were effectively and efficiently controled by smart city systems in order to react fast against any possible accidents and natural disasters. He said that drones and robots of smart logistics cities would deliver goods around 2022 and 100 smart logistics centers has been planned to open by 2025. 

Moon then visited  Carnavi.com and asked CEO Jung Jong-taek whether South Korea would introduce level 4 automated driving system for the first time in the world by 2027. Jung answered it was possible if he found progress in communications and LiDAR sensors.


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