SEOUL, - Authorities announced on Thursday that they will be taking stringent measures against individuals who wear or sell police costumes during the Halloween week to avoid any confusion with actual police officers on duty.
According to a new release by the Yonhap News Agency, the force has been monitoring the sale of police costumes online, including on various portal sites and second-hand markets. Plans are underway to delete such posts through November 5. The agency will also target offline black market transactions involving police uniforms and accessories.
Under existing law, only police officers are permitted to wear or possess police uniforms and equipment. Violations of this rule are subject to a prison sentence of up to six months or fines of up to 3 million won (US$ 2,214). Sellers of these illegal costumes could face a prison sentence of up to one year or fines of up to 10 million won.
The police revealed that 42 posts have been deleted after the review of 51 online sites since last Halloween, and 19 individuals have been apprehended for donning police costumes or accessories.
Officials also cautioned the public against wearing any adult costumes that could be mistaken for official uniforms or roles. Last year, a significant number of people dressed as police officers for Halloween, resulting in delayed police response during a crowd crush incident in Itaewon, as officers on duty were mistaken for ordinary citizens.