Koreans Enter Law Enforcement Jobs
From JoongAng
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 or lawyers.

The New York City Police Department had about 50 Korean police officers in 2000, and now has 80, a more than 50 percent increase.

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 now 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 within the NYPD, allowing individuals to choose a field that suits their talents and interests, and the job benefits are incredible. He recommended 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 and Brooklyn.

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Translated from Chinese by JooYeon Lee

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