Pa­trol po­lice get spe­cial weapons train­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s pa­trol po­lice are re­ceiv­ing spe­cial train­ing to en­sure they can use weapons they will be is­sued to com­bat ter­ror­ism, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

Since March, the min­istry and lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments have had weapons in­struc­tors and psy­chol­o­gists of­fer spe­cial train­ing to pa­trol po­lice be­fore they are armed.

The train­ing will last three months, the min­istry said. Af­ter­ward, of­fi­cers will be re­quired to pass ex­am­i­na­tions to qual­ify to carry and use firearms.

Guns are tightly re­stricted in the coun­try. Only SWAT po­lice of­fi­cers or­di­nar­ily carry weapons, while oth­ers, such as of­fi­cers who pa­trol neigh­bor­hoods, do not.

In re­cent days, the num­ber of rounds of am­mu­ni­tion for Bei­jing SWAT of­fi­cers has dou­bled. If ter­ror­ists are en­coun­tered, Bei­jing SWAT of­fi­cers are au­tho­rized to shoot to kill, rather than fir­ing warn­ing shots. (Photo 5)

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