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Taiwanese Students Visit Houston Police Departments

On Monday, Jan. 25, Hsiao-Ming Wang, Ph.D., professor in criminal justice and director of UHD's Bayou Connection Program, 20 exchange students and their group leader from Taiwan's Central Police University (CPU), visited Houston Police counterparts by way of UHD's Bayou Connect Program.

The Taiwanese students visited tactical driving tracks and observed the use of TASER training at the HPD Academy. Wan-Rou Lin, a female graduate student of CPU shared that "Police students in Taiwan receive no tactical driving class, which is a necessary skill for high speed pursuit."

Yu-Han Yen, another female graduate student and Taiwan police officer said, "Taiwan police officers are not equipped with non-lethal weapons like the TASER, and each time we're faced with potential violence, it is a challenge to decide whether to use a gun or a baton."

The students also visited with the HPD Mount Police Squad. Officer Rebecca Dulles introduced the mission of her unit and also allowed Taiwanese students to pet her horse. All Taiwanese students were fascinated when Officer Dulles played tricks with her horse.

Lastly, the students toured the HPD Northeast Command Station, which is headed by Captain Greg Fremin, a UHD MSCJ graduate ('14). The students observed a police helicopter and exchanged ideas about law enforcement practices.

"This is a very informative and dynamic field trip," said Dr. Dayu Kao, a CPU professor and the group leader. "We learned so many things from Houston Police counterparts and we're thankful for such a wonderful opportunity."

The field trip was part of the CPU exchange students' two-week immersion program at UHD.