Police to get better pay, benefits
More than 2 million police officers are expected to get higher pay and better benefits in recognition of the pressures and risks of their job.
Increasing benefits for police is one of the highlights of China’s reform, making clear that officers should get more pay than civil officials but less than military personnel.
Their benefits are currently similar to civil officials.
The Ministry of Public Security said that police officers suffer the most casualties among public employees.
The latest figures from the ministry show that 449 officers were killed or died on duty and 4,226 were injured in 2013.
Police also will be required to film and record all interrogations in criminal cases to ensure fairness in law enforcement and to protect suspects’ human rights.
Filming and recording interrogations is aimed at stamping out extortion and torture.
The ministry said that the credibility of the police has been damaged by problems including officers accepting bribes and bending the law to serve themselves. (Photo 1)