Ministry of People's Security

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Ministry of People's Security
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HeadquartersPyongyang, North Korea

Elected officer responsible
Parent agencyState Affairs Commission
Child agencies
Ministry of People's Security
인민 보안부
Revised RomanizationInmin Boanbu
McCune–ReischauerInmin Poanbu
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The Ministry of People's Security is a law enforcement agency in North Korea.[1]

Unlike most ministers in North Korea, which operate under the Cabinet, the Ministry of People's Security is directly supervised by the State Affairs Commission.[2] The current minister is Choe Pu-il.[3]

Prospective officers are chosen by recommendation by a local WPK Committee, although some are chose because of their songbun status.[4]

North Korean police officers are notorious for demanding bribes from anyone who's being stopped.[4]


Beyond policing, its services include operating the prison system in North Korea, monitoring the public distribution system and providing bodyguards to important persons.[5]

The Ministry of People’s Security gathers information from local informers in social units about irregular acts. If a case is believed to be of a political nature, it is instead handed over to the State Security Department for investigation.[5]

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  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "North Korea", accessed August 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Organizational Chart of North Korean Leadership" (PDF). Seoul: Political and Military Analysis Division, Intelligence and Analysis Bureau; Ministry of Unification. January 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments: Korea, North - NDE". Central Intelligence Agency. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Daily duty: Inside North Korea's regular police force | NK News - North Korea News". 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  5. ^ a b Schwekendiek, Daniel (19 April 2011). A Socioeconomic History of North Korea. McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7864-8541-3.

Coordinates: 39°4′49″N 125°46′3″E / 39.08028°N 125.76750°E / 39.08028; 125.76750