Study of police bribes: average of 1.3M won

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Study of police bribes: average of 1.3M won

Very few people gave bribes to the police when in need of favors last year, but those who did spent an average of 1.3 million won ($1,158), a survey showed yesterday.

When the National Policy Agency (NPA) asked 7,320 people late last year who were involved in civilian petitions, 27 said they provided various forms of bribes to the police.

The petitions ranged from auto accidents, crackdowns on illegal establishments and permits to own firearms, the NPA said.

Those who did give bribes offered cash and goods more than two times, spending 1.3 million won on average, the survey said.

Traffic violators caught for drunk or unlicensed driving tended to give kickbacks, it showed.

About 20 percent said they gave the bribes after their cases were wrapped up, while 17.2 percent said they did so during the investigation.

Representative Lim Dong-kyu of the ruling Grand National Party said there are likely more people who gave bribes to the police than reported.

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