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Ministry of People's Security

The Ministry of People’s Security is a law enforcement agency in North Korea.[1] It operates under the umbrella of the State Affairs Commission. Beyond policing, its services include operating the prison system in North Korea, monitoring the public distribution system and providing bodyguards to important persons.[2]

Ministry of People's Security
Badge of the Ministry of People's Security.svg
HeadquartersPyongyang, North Korea

Korean name
인민 보안부
Revised RomanizationInmin Boanbu
McCune–ReischauerInmin Poanbu

The Ministry of People’s Security gathers information from local informers in social units about irregular acts. If a case is believed to be of a political nature, it is instead handed over to the State Security Department for investigation.[2]

The protagonist in James Church's Inspector O novels, beginning with A Corpse in the Koryo, is a detective working in Unit 826, a Pyongyang subbranch of the Ministry.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "North Korea", accessed August 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Schwekendiek, Daniel (19 April 2011). A Socioeconomic History of North Korea. McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7864-8541-3.

Coordinates: 39°4′49″N 125°46′3″E / 39.08028°N 125.76750°E / 39.08028; 125.76750