As students of globalization, many DIS students envisage fancy careers in international organizations and MNCs in exotic foreign countries. I did too, when I first arrived in DIS in 2008, only to learn throughout my 7 years in university that globalization is actually just right around the corner at home. This is one of many factors that enticed me to choose the police as a career.
I joined this outfit upon my graduation from Hanyang in 2015 and am currently assigned to International Cooperation Division in the Korean National Police Agency’s Foreign Affairs Bureau. Prior to my current assignment, I had gone through the basic field assignments in Siheung Police Station, a tour of duty comprised of three 6-month assignments in patrol, detective, and foreign affairs section. There, I investigated crime involving foreign nationals, and listened to the grievances of foreigners struggling on the fringe of our society.
In tandem with my assignments in the field, I had been called in for interpretation details for a number of international events hosted by the Agency, which would later lead to my current posting in International Cooperation Division. My current roles and responsibilities entail interpreting for the Commissioner General and the Agency leadership, and planning for international events, with the goal of building working relationships with police forces around the world.
The Korean National Police Agency has 57 resident police attachés in Korean diplomatic missions in 32 countries, and maintains presence in INTERPOL and UN peacekeeping operations. In addition, the Agency also offers short-term training programs hosted by foreign law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All these global opportunities take us back to the point I raised in the earlier paragraph. Globalization is right around the corner, in every police precinct and station you walk by in your daily life.