Korean National Police gets hearty thanks
February 27, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- They work outside of the garrison's gates regardless of whether it's the freezing winter or sizzling summer. They are the Korean National Police, who stand outside Yongsan garrison's gates every day and night, even without having met the people they are protecting or knowing what's going on behind the gates. And so, in order to appreciate these dedicated individuals, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan invited KNP officers to a special reception hosted at Seongnam Golf Club, on behalf of the KNP, Feb. 23.
The event started off with garrison commander Col. William P. Huber's warm welcome and opening remarks.
"I want to take this moment to acknowledge and thank senior superintendent Park, Chan-Heung, the chief of Seongnam Sujeong police station, and also his loyal and dedicated staff members."
He then continued with words of appreciation to acknowledge the KNP members' dedication. He described what their selfless work really meant for the community. He also recognized that it was the Korean National Police officers who were central to representing the ideals of a community while also maintaining their safety.
"Many community services only survive because of the hard work from our Korean National Police force who gives their time. I thank those of you tonight who do this," Huber stated. "Your contributions enrich our community, make us more resilient and help define the character of the Republic of Korea - United States of America alliance.
After dinner, KNP members and Col. Huber shared the gifts they prepared. The night was very special for those who rarely interacted with the people they protect and KNP members appeared to be looking forward to the day's event.
"Through the dinner, I hope that it will be a good opportunity to enhance the relationship between your Garrison and the Korean National Police," remarked Chief of Seongnam Sujeong Police Station, Park Chan-Heung.
Thursday's event was hosted only for the commissioned police officers who gave orders, organized and scheduled duties for the enlisted police members. The Garrison also hosts the Garrison tour two or three times every year, offering opportunities not only to the officers but also to enlisted KNP members who are serving their two year mandatory service in KNP instead of the Korean military. They get to go into the gates they protect to see what it is like inside the gates and experience the dining facility.