National Police Day of South Korea

Korean National Police Day

The Police Day in South Korea is Oct. 21.

My son-in-law is a police officer. So as a police family we celebrate this day every year.

Photo of a Police in South Korea
My son-in-law & grandson_At the National Police Agency


In South Korea, people have perceived the police as antagonists from the time of Japanese colonial rule to the era of dictatorship in the 1980s. So they have continued to try to improve their bad image.

These days the police works with a strong sense of mission and a high sense of justice, so there is no longer the same corruption as before.


But unlike the significant celebration for Armed Forces Day in South Korea, Police Day tends to be observed quietly with internal events, which can be disappointing for police families.

In this post, I will introduce the Korean National Police Day.




The Korean National Police Day was established on October 21, 1945. This follows the creation of Korean police under the U.S. military government on the day.

And since then, the Ministry of Home Affairs of South Korea designated it as ‘Police Day’ in November 1957.

In 1973, the government officially confirmed it as a government-sponsored commemorative day under the ‘Regulations on Various Commemorative Days,’ and it has continued to this day.

The anniversary simply marks the day when the U.S. military government appointed Dr. Cho Byung-ok as the first director of police.


Some argue that there is a need to change the day based on new criteria.

Because the U.S. military government set its historical origin, and it lacks a connection to the legitimacy of the Republic of Korea, holding no historical significance.


This commemorative event primarily focuses on reminding all police officers and related agencies of their mission as democratic police officers.

At that time, It awards medals and honors to officers for public safety contributions and outstanding police stations.

Each local police department holds regional events separately, committing to transform into the people’s police through continuous reform.

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