police chief nominee-hearing

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's nominee for the nation's top police post vowed to root out the four major "social ills," including sexual crimes, during his parliamentary confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Lee Sung-han, who currently heads the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency, has been tapped to succeed Kim Ki-yong as commissioner of the National Police Agency.

"I will employ all possible means to eradicate the four social ills, which are substandard food, school violence, sexual violence and domestic violence, so the people can live safely," the nominee Lee said in his speech to the hearing.

During the hearing, the nominee apologized in public for plagiarizing academic papers.

"I was not careful enough," he answered when asked by a ruling party lawmaker about suspicions that his doctorate thesis was plagiarized.

A graduate of Seoul's Dongguk University with a bachelor's degree in police administration, Lee joined the agency in 1983. Throughout his career as a police officer, the incoming commissioner earned a reputation for his penetrating insight into different issues, especially in the field of foreign affairs. He earned a doctorate degree in police administration from the same university last year.

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