Patrol police get special weapons training
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)