Of­fi­cers told that public can film po­lice

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CUI JIA cui­jia@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Some po­lice of­fi­cers said on Wed­nes­day that new rules al­low­ing mem­bers of the public to record the be­hav­ior of on-duty of­fi­cers will serve as a con­stant re­minder not to abuse power. But oth­ers were con­cerned about their iden­ti­ties be­ing ex­posed dur­ing un­der­cover work.

On Tues­day, the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity started a train­ing pro­gram for of­fi­cers around China. It fea­tures a 70-minute video show­ing the cor­rect way to han­dle dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions in close con­tact with the public.

The de­tailed new pro­to­cols said of­fi­cers shouldn’t pre­vent the public from record­ing their be­hav­ior if the film­ing does not in­ter­fere with them. They are also not al­lowed to grab video de­vices and delete footage.

We al­ways film the law en­force­ment pro­ce­dures with our per­sonal recorders any­way, so we don’t mind peo­ple film­ing.” An of­fi­cer from Bei­jing’s Haid­ian dis­trict

“We al­ways film the law en­force­ment pro­ce­dures with our per­sonal recorders any­way, so we don’t mind peo­ple film­ing. Now we know peo­ple will be al­ways watch­ing us, so there is no room for mis­con­duct,” said an of­fi­cer from Bei­jing’s Haid­ian dis­trict who gave his sur­name as Wang.

An­other of­fi­cer, who said he of­ten han­dles anti-ter­ror­ism cases in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, had a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive: “Some­times the mis­sions we carry out are un­der­cover. If the public posts the video footage on­line it could blow the of­fi­cers’ cover and sab­o­tage the en­tire op­er­a­tion.” The of­fi­cer spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

The pro­to­cols state that po­lice of­fi­cers should in­form peo­ple to delete and not spread videos show­ing mi­nors or na­tional se­crets.

Public Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Guo Shengkun said on Tues­day that of­fi­cers need to get used to su­per­vi­sion from the public and be­ing recorded when they carry out their law en­force­ment du­ties.

The new pro­gram aims to pre­vent of­fi­cers from abus­ing their power and to keep an eye on law en­force­ment be­hav­ior gen­er­ally. Some of­fi­cers’ mis­con­duct in re­cent years has dam­aged the im­age of the po­lice, the min­istry said.

Un­der the pro­to­cols, po­lice are re­quired to con­trol their emo­tions dur­ing the course of their du­ties and to avoid in­flam­ma­tory words. In a re­cent case, an on­line video showed an of­fi­cer in uni­form dis­play­ing a bad tem­per when deal­ing with two young women on the way to a po­lice sta­tion.

Also, when sus­pects, or those as­so­ci­ated with them, re­sist law en­force­ment, of­fi­cers are di­rected to use mild dis­en­gage­ment and re­straint ma­neu­vers in­stead of phys­i­cal as­saults.

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