Good cop pre­pares to re­tire

Hav­ing spent al­most four decades fool­ing law­break­ers, an of­fi­cer in­Wuhan will fi­nally re­turn to his bed at night

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By LIUKUNinWuhan andHOULIQIANG in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at houliqiang@chi­

Over the past 38 years, Wang Jian­jun has pre­tended to be a beg­gar, a gam­bler and a hooli­gan, and has even learned to speak dif­fer­ent di­alects, lead­ing to him be­ing called an “Os­car-win­ning ac­tor” for per­for­mances that have fooled many.

The 60-year-old is not an ac­tor, but a po­lice­man in Wuhan, cap­i­tal of Cen­tral China’s Hubei prov­ince. How­ever, he is more de­voted to his “play” than any other ac­tors.

In the 1990s, a gang of thieves of­ten dis­posed of their stolen goods with the help of a group of beg­gars. To in­ves­ti­gate the case, Wang dis­guised him­self and joined the beg­gars, eat­ing and sleep­ing with them for more than one month. Though from Shanxi prov­ince, his con­vinc­ing He­nan di­alect soon won him the trust of many of the beg­gars, whowere fromHe­nan prov­ince. Wear­ing shorts and a pair of old slip­pers, all Wang had with him was a dirty sleep­ing mat, giv­ing him the ap­pear­ance of a gen­uine beg­gar.

“I of­ten in­vited them to drink spir­its. Once they were drunk, they be­gan to talk a lot,” Wang re­called, adding that he noted down what the beg­gars said by ex­cus­ing him­self to use the toi­let, and then sent the in­for­ma­tion back to his col­leagues.

Al­though the gang, which had more than 20 mem­bers, was busted, Wang suf­fered an in­fec­tion of lice for his trou­bles.

Many other cases Wang par­tic­i­pated in were a lot more dan­ger­ous. Be­fore he was trans­ferred to the nar­cotics squad as a di­rec­tor in 2008, Wang caught sev­eral hun­dred crim­i­nals in­volved in mur­ders or rob­beries.

While at­tempt­ing to solve a case in the 1990s, Wang slipped into the home of a man in­volved in a crim­i­nal syn­di­cate. Wang was dis­cov­ered by the crim­i­nal and both men aimed guns at each other. Af­ter a brief stand­off, the crim­i­nal dropped his weapon.

“He said: ‘I know you are Wang Jian­jun, who has been deal­ing with us for many years. I ad­mire you very much’,” Wang re­called.

De­spite be­com­ing a di­rec­tor and hav­ing the lib­erty of step­ping back from the front line, Wang still choose to tackle crim­i­nals.

In sum­mer 2014, the nar­cotics squad re­ceived a tip-off that drug deal­ers would do a deal near a park by the Yangtze River in­Wuhan.

Dressed in a sleeve­less shirt, shorts and slip­pers, and wear­ing a pair of black­framed glasses, Wang took on the ap­pear­ance of a se­nior cit­i­zen­whowas rest­ing in the shade on a hot day.

“The drug dealer glanced at me, so I pre­tended tomake a phone call to a friend in the Shanxi di­alect,” Wang re­called.

Wang and his col­leagues launched a sud­den at­tack while the crim­i­nals were mak­ing the deal and seized 2 kg of nar­cotics.

Wang has mas­tered at least four Chi­nese di­alects, in­clud­ing Sichuan and He­nan, and his abil­ity to change his ac­cent has helped him in his job.

Wang, who is of­ten in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions, is also a judo master and prac­tices the mar­tial art ev­ery morn­ing. “As long as we are close to each other, no crim­i­nal can es­cape from me,” he said.

When at­tempt­ing to ar­rest a 1.8-me­ter-tall drug dealer in 2012, sev­eral of his col­leagues failed to con­trol the sus­pect. Wang stepped in and used a se­ries of wrestling holds to re­strain the man.

Wang’s courage won him sev­eral hon­ors, in­clud­ing a Na­tional May Day La­borer Medal and 11 Ci­ta­tions for Merit.

How­ever, his sac­ri­ficed a lot.

Wang sel­dom re­turned home on week­days, usu­ally sleep­ing on the sofa in his of­fice. He still main­tains the habit, al­though he is due to re­tire this month. “On touch­ing the sofa, I fall sleep. I feel more com­fort­able sleep­ing on the sofa than on my bed,” he said.

An­other habit Wang has kept since get­ting mar­ried in 1984 is to call his wife at 5 pm ev­ery day.

“If I have to work at the time, I will tell her in ad­vance,” he said. “My wife is an in­no­cent woman who leads a fru­gal life. I don’t want to make her wor­ried.”

Wang said he had to keep in­for­ma­tion about his fam­ily se­cret to en­sure their safety. fam­ily has


Top: Wang Jian­jun on the mo­tor­cy­cle. Above: Wang in his of­fice.

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