December 04, 2022

Line of duty: life as a senior police officer in North Korea

A former major talks crimes, corruption, and how those with good songbun avoid punishment

Few people know North Korea as well as its police. The job links them to both the country’s elite, the criminal lower class of society, and everyone in between.

They have access to secret documents, often have to cooperate with the secret police and know the system of state control, prisons and other normally restricted parts of the DPRK from the inside.