Enter Law Enforcement Jobs
Oct 13, 2003
By JoonYong Ahn
As Koreans increasingly enter law enforcement, the interest of
working for prosecutors or police officers among the second generation
of Koreans is beginning to grow.
This trend is understood as a diversification in choosing professions
from the previous preference to professions such as medial doctors
The New York City Police Department had about 50 Korean
police officers in 2000, and now has 80, a more than 50 percent
As certain job markets dry-out, law enforcement agencies’ heightened
demand after 9/11, along with job benefits, attracts Koreans.
According to the Korean American Officers Association, there were
only 4 to 6 Koreans graduating from police academy last year. However,
there are 12 Koreans graduating from the academy this January.
Among them are several women, a former lawyer and a military officer.
An information session given by the Korean Police Association
on the 11th of this month drew attention from parents and youths.
Parents who once thought working as a police officer is dangerous,
prohibiting their children from choosing the profession, are
supporting their children.
The FBI also had increased applicants
after 9/11; the recent recruitment had more than 200,000 applicants.
SungHoon Kim, the president of the Korean American Officers Association,
said that now is the best time to be a police officer in New
York City. He added that there are more than 200 divisions
NYPD, allowing individuals to choose a field that suits their
talents and interests, and the job benefits are incredible.
the profession to young Koreans.
First and second generation
Koreans have also started working as prosecutors. Among the 8
newly appointed assistants for
Richard Brown, the Queens District Attorney, Jasmine Chang
is the only
Asian as well as Korean. In the Queens District Attorney
Office, there are 10 other Koreans, and several others in Bronx
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Translated from Chinese by JooYeon Lee