Anti-ter­ror­ism vol­un­teer force pa­trols Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

An anti-ter­ror­ism force of about 850,000 ur­ban vol­un­teers will pa­trol Bei­jing’s streets fol­low­ing re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks across the coun­try.

The vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing re­tirees, univer­sity stu­dents and lo­cal res­i­dents, have been re­cruited to work with pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fi­cers and armed po­lice to elim­i­nate any pos­si­ble dan­ger. About 680,000 of the vol­un­teers, or 60 per­cent, are over the age of 50.

The cap­i­tal adopted a sim­i­lar se­cu­rity mea­sure for the 2008 Olympics.

The vol­un­teers will be given ac­ci­dent in­sur­ance of up to 400,000 yuan ($64,000), the Bei­jing So­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion said.

The vol­un­teers, have re­port­edly elim­i­nated 826 cases of po­ten­tial safety haz­ards, re­solved 731 pub­lic dis­putes and helped cap­ture 58 sus­pects dur­ing the past two weeks. (Photo 5)

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