Cri­sis cen­ter helps ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cers man­age stress

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s first psy­cho­log­i­cal cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion cen­ter for ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cers, who usu­ally work in a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment, has been es­tab­lished in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to the Nan­jing Ur­ban Man­age­ment Bu­reau, psy­cho­log­i­cal ex­perts will be in­vited to give lesson­sand­con­sult with work­ers in need. Work­ers in the city’s 11 dis­tricts will be trained at the cen­ter to bet­ter man­age the of­fi­cers’

Ding Yi, deputy di­rec­tor of the bu­reau’s pub­lic­ity depart­ment, said that ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cers, known as cheng­guan, have been un­der greater pres­sure since an of­fi­cer was killed by a ven­dor in Septem­ber.

Ren Kem­ing, the 45-yearold of­fi­cer, was stabbed when he stopped a ven­dor with­out le­gal doc­u­ments from sell­ing fruit by the road­side.

“We want to find a way to ease pres­sure on our work­ers, as well as deal with other psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems,” Ding psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems. said. “Ven­dors are also wel­come to con­sult the ex­perts at the cen­ter about their prob­lems.”

The ven­dor who killed Ren had mar­riage is­sues, and the tragedy might not have hap­pened if he had sought help.

Statis­tics from the Nan­jing Ur­ban Man­age­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law En­force­ment Corps show that 369 peo­ple or groups had fights with its of­fi­cers since 2014. Sixty-one cases were re­ported from Jan­uary to Septem­ber this year.

The city has more than 2,000 cheng­guan, who have du­ties such as keep­ing the roads clean, de­mol­ish­ing il­le­gal build­ings and con­trol­ling il­le­gal park­ing.

“Many of my col­leagues have been con­fused and sad since Ren’s tragic death,” said Ge Yong, who works for the ur­ban man­age­ment depart­ment in Gu­lou dis­trict.

“Wounds on our bod­ies can be healed eas­ily, but psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age is not that easy to deal with.”

Zhang Chun, di­rec­tor of the Nan­jing Psy­cho­log­i­cal Cri­sis In­ter­ven­tion Cen­ter, said many peo­ple sym­pa­thize with road­side ven­dors, who are usu­ally poor and have fam­i­lies to sup­port, and who lack re­spect for work of the cheng­guan.

“Ur­ban man­age­ment work­ers na­tion­wide have in­vented var­i­ous ways to avoid con­flict with oth­ers, such as pre­sent­ing flow­ers to the ven­dors,” Zhang said.

“If the work­ers find that they have prob­lems such as in­som­nia or ir­ri­tabil­ity, or are eas­ily dis­tracted, they’d bet­ter seek help from psy­chol­o­gists or pro­fes­sional agen­cies im­me­di­ately.”

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