Cap­i­tal bumps up se­cu­rity pa­trols

Po­lice to re­spond more quickly in case of vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­

The Chi­nese cap­i­tal is rolling out a three-tier pa­trol plan that cov­ers the skies, sub­ways and streets af­ter a se­ries of ter­ror­ist at­tacks across the coun­try.

Armed pa­trols will be par­tic­u­larly strength­ened in 14 ma­jor ar­eas, the Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau said on Thurs­day.

e ar­eas in­clude two pop­u­lar shop­ping districts, Wang­fu­jing and Xi’dan, and the Bei­jing Rail­way Sta­tion — all places where large crowds are flow­ing each day.

“Once an emer­gency hap­pens, nearby armed po­lice will take one minute to rush to these ar­eas,” said Zhang Bing, deputy di­rec­tor of Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau.

Pre­vi­ously, po­lice didn’t carry firearms dur­ing pa­trols and it took them 10 min­utes to ar­rive.

But re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks across the na­tion have high­lighted the ne­ces­sity for po­lice to act fast, Zhang said.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Limin, di­rec­tor of the anti-ter­ror­ism depart­ment at Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau, po­lice will de­ploy 150 armed pa­trol ve­hi­cles.

Chen Xiaoli, di­rec­tor of the traf­fic depart­ment at Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau, said se­cu­rity checks in the sub­ways have been tight­ened, and 2,000

Es­pe­cially in the sub­ways where the po­lice will be present in each sta­tion, I feel so safe.” ZONG WENKAI BEI­JING RES­I­DENT

po­lice of­fi­cers and 3,000 aux­il­iary po­lice have been sent to en­sure po­lice will be present at each sub­way sta­tion to cope with emer­gen­cies.

Lin Bo, di­rec­tor un­der the bureau’s po­lice avi­a­tion depart­ment, said five po­lice he­li­copters will also be de­ployed to con­duct air se­cu­rity pa­trols along 18 routes, in­clud­ing city and sub­ur­ban ar­eas, as well as ar­eas neigh­bor­ing Bei­jing.

“The he­li­copters will col­lect in­tel­li­gence, or once en­coun­ter­ing emer­gen­cies, they will im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate from the air, and carry out air sup­port and res­cue for the land ac­tion.”

Bei­jing res­i­dent Zong Wenkai from Feng­tai district said the mea­sure will im­prove po­lice ef­fi­ciency and help de­ter vi­o­lent and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Es­pe­cially in the sub­ways where the po­lice will be present in each sta­tion, I feel so safe,” he said.

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