The symbol of the Korean National Police (KNP), which was newly created on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of their founding, takes the shape of Steller's sea eagle flying up to the sky with holding the rose of Sharon.
Steller's sea eagle, the scales on the neck, and the rose of Sharon represents "police", "balance" and "the state and the people" respectively.
Replacing the former symbol, an eagle, with the steller's sea eagle, which is an native Korean bird, means the Korean police could keep the traditional name value of the police and shed off the negative connotations of the former symbol which had been created under the military administration of the U.S. Army in 1947.
The distinguished and strong characteristics of
the eagle have been configured to
01. Stress strength and courage through
the realistic beak shape
02. Express the accurate insight of police
who look into all areas for security
by expressing large and sharp eyes
03.Express the always ready attitude of the police
to react quickly anytime to the demands
of the people by the upward pointing feathers
on the head of the eagle
On the shoulders of the eagle, there are
① a scale and ② a balance beam toconfigure
the shape of balance, and stress "fairness."
This expresses the firm will of the Korean police
not to waver from any outside pressureas
a legal executor, and realize "justice" through
fair legal executions.
The yin and yang sign in the middle of the rose of
Sharon is the origin of all things and
signifies "the Republic of Korea and its people,"
and each of the five flower petals surrounding
the symbolsignify the five values
the police pursue - loyalty, trust, strength,
justice, and humanity.