Korean National Police Agency (KNPA)
South Korea has a relatively unified and integrated approach to law enforcement.
The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA), is one of a few police organizations in South Korea and is run under the Ministry of Public Administration and Security. As a national police force it provides all policing services throughout the country.
The agency is divided into 16 local police agencies, including the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. Local police agencies are not independent of the national police. There were 106,898 police officers as of 2015.
The KNPA provides valuable assistance to expats and visitors in Korea:
• to report a crime (eg assault, theft)
• when you are in a dispute over a car accident
• to report transnational crimes (eg terrorism, drug or people trafficking)
• when you're being overcharged a taxi fare
• when you're lost and need directions to your destination
• treated unfairly by your employer or a colleague
• when you need any assistance from police
Police Interpretation Service
The Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) has established a nationwide interpretation telephone service in "112 Emergency Response Centres" so that foreigners can have the same service from the police as Korean speakers. It operates from 08:00-23:00 on weekdays and 08:00-18:00 on weekends. To use:
• Dial "112" from anywhere in Korea (no area code required)
• A police officer will ask you to wait until you are connected to an interpreter
• Wait - Do not hang up upon hearing a beep or waiting signal
• A police officer and an interpreter will come onto the phone.
Address: 97 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea
- Name of bus stop: Seoul National Police Agency
- Blue bus: 700/ 701/ 702/ 703/ 750/ 751/ 752
- Green bus: 7013/ 7019(Daerim Market)/ 7019 (City Hospital)/ 7021
- Red bus: 9705/ 9706/ 9713
- Get off at Seodaemun Station, line no. 5. 3 minute walk from exit 7.s
- Approximately 500m from Seoul Station in the direction of Independence Gate
- Approximately 400m from Seoul City Hall in the direction of Independence Gate