Whole Lotta Lotta wrote: What I want to know is how they help foreigners, should you need them. I can't imagine all there is to their job is catching foreigners and having them thrown out of the country. They must be of some use to you, should you be the victim of a crime or need some sort of legal help. What else do they do? And how do they help foreigners ?
They roam around bars in civilian clothes where foreigners hangout.
Super Hans wrote:They often hinder things.
I caught a burglar once. I went to the police station and waited 2 hours for the FAP to turn up because the local police insisted on it. They sat there while I made a report in Chinese because their English wasn't very good.
It turned a 2 hour report into a 4 hour report for nothing. And the burglar, well, I don't know what happened because they didn't follow up on the case, and if they did, they didn't tell me.
They were very nice and bought me coffee, and we exchanged details and had a laugh, but I'd rather have been doing something else.
This was when I first came to Taiwan, so things might have improved or changed since then. It is reassuring when they arrive, even if they are of little use, you feel you are being represented.
I think they are mainly there to ensure everything goes well and you are treated fairly, and provide a point of contact should you need some advice or assistance with dealing with matters involving the police in Taiwan.
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