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Introduction

Goal

Taiwan island, located in the southeastern corner of Asia, is surrounded by water and possesses a dramatically long coastline. Thus, the protection of sea power and marine security is undoubtedly important. Since July 15 of 1988, the ROC government announced the termination of military control upon the Taiwan area, the proliferation of maritime criminal activities, such as illegal firearms and explosives smuggling, illegal drug smuggling, and illegal stealing into Taiwan island, result in a devastating threat to maritime public order and peace of the country. Accordingly, the ROC government organized the Seventh Peace Preservation Corps in January 1990 to maintain and justify the maritime security. For the police officers of this new team, they had to learn not only the general knowledge of criminal justice, but also the professional knowledge and the special skills of maritime affairs. For the purpose of meeting the needs of the Seventh Peace Preservation Corps, the Central Police University established the Department of Maritime Police in July 1990.

Since then, the Seventh Peace Preservation Corps has achieved great accomplishments about maritime safety. However, it is not sufficient to execute the missions due to the restriction of organization structure. On December 31 1996, Vice President Lien announced, in the conclusion of the National Public Safety Meeting, In order to promote our overall ability of coast guard, prevent and eliminate illegal smuggling and stowaway, the Seventh Peace Preservation Corps should be reorganized and promoted to Maritime Police Bureau as soon as possible. In 1998, the draft of organizing regulations of Maritime Police Bureau was approved by the Legislative Council. Following this, the Maritime Police Bureau was officially formed on June 15 of the same year. Correspondingly, the graduate school of Maritime Police of Central Police University was established in the coming August and the President of the university, Dr. Hsieh Jui-Chih presided the unveiling ceremony. This builds a brand new milestone in the evolutionary history of maritime police. The graduate school of Maritime Police provides the best academic programs of advanced study and research with respect to maritime affairs. The education goals of this institute are to train and teach senior professional police officers in maritime affairs-related technology such that they will devote themselves to maintain the maritime public safety and order, and achieve the standards of an oceanic country.

 

Future Prospect

Maintaining public order on the sea and protecting human lives and wealth are undoubtedly the responsibilities of each maritime police officer. However, for those who live in this resolving and highly competitive generation, the only way to survive is to continuously improve themselves and create unprecedented approaches to pursue advanced research and to strengthen professional knowledge and skills so as to be in charge of any situations. They must concrete the foundation for organization development to inspire new spirit for organization reformation.

 

Engaging education affairs follows the same way. The goal of this department is to cultivate senior maritime-affairs specialists and maritime police officers. Hopefully it can meet the manpower needs of the country. Moreover, the research products, theses and publications of faculty and students are expected to be beneficial to the organizations of maritime law-enforcement so as to inspire the mutual exchange of academy for each other. Thus the contexts learned from the school will be verified by the practical works in the sea such that promotion of both parties can be actuated.

In addition, the department of Maritime Police has very close relationship and frequent communications with other domestic maritime-affairs-related schools, institutions, organizations and departments of other universities. Many scholars and experts in these institutions are certainly invited to attend the annual Academic Conference of Maritime Policeevery year. In the conference, every participant proposes his/her new ideas and approaches for discussions. Furthermore, the department also keeps in touch with U.S. Coast Guard, Japanese Maritime Safety Academy, Japanese Maritime Safety Agency, Korea Ocean University and British Coast Guard to plan for exchange of students or faculties to visit or study in each others institution in the future. Or to invite them to make speeches in the department to share their academy and experience concerning maritime law-enforcement.

 

In one word, the vastness and immensity of the ocean imply that every faculty and student in the department of Maritime Police should possess broadly international viewpoints and diligent learning attitude. Standing right on the leading edge of the world, they will march toward the better future.