The ongoing training of more than 3,000 county-level public security directors will be extended to the even lower level of community police heads to help them better mix in with the people and deal with possible social unrest triggered by the current economic downturn, a senior police official has said.
Unlike the county-level police heads who are taking turns traveling to Beijing for lessons, the lower-level officials are more likely to get training at their provincial or autonomous region`s capital, Fan Jingyu, deputy director of the ministry`s personnel and training bureau, said in an interview on Tuesday.
"The current training of county-level police heads raises the curtain for a broader range of training," he said.
"As far as I know, some provincial-level police organs, such as that in Shanghai, have started the training of community police heads."
Currently, 425 county-level police heads are attending a 10-day training course started last Wednesday at the Beijing-based Chinese People`s Public Security University.
The remaining 2,655 county-level police directors will come to Beijing in six batches, with their training expected to end in June.
Apart from regular lessons on law-enforcement and how to build harmonious relations with the people, Fan said dealing with social unrest and the media has become a new focus. He said these would also be major parts of the training for the lower level officials.
Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu made it clear in his three-hour lecture to one class that one of the main purposes of the training is to "meet the pressing demand of keeping social stability this year", according to Zhao Zhongguo, director of the Huangdao district police bureau in Qingdao, Shandong, who`s now receiving the training in Beijing.
"We realize that under the current economic downturn, it`s likely for the crime rate and social unrests to increase," he said.
To make officials better understand the economic situation`s possible impact, the ministry invited Han Yongwen, secretary-general of the State Development and Reform Commission, to give a lesson, which is a rare practice for police training.
Li Xirui, head of the Pingqiao district police bureau in Xinyang, Henan province, said she also learned from the training the significance of rapid information disclosure, especially in emergencies.
She said the training included discussions of several cases of social unrest last year, such as the June 28 riot in Weng`an county, Guizhou, in which 30,000 rioters smashed government buildings and torched police cars to protest an alleged police cover-up of a girl`s death.
"It`s important to learn experience from the past ... we should not treat the media as the opposite side," Li said.