City to Increase its Police Presence on Streets
Shenzhen started its patrol police in 1995, then in 2004 the city police adopted grid policing mechanism by using mobilized patrol police, traffic police and station officers in efforts to prevent and discourage crimes on the road.
By improving police presence, the city hopes it will reduce crime and at the same time increase the public’s sense of safety. Shenzhen security bureau is requiring all officers that are assigned in the city’s internal agencies, branches and police stations to walk the city streets at least six hours a week in shifts from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Trial patrols will begin on Monday. These police officers are also authorized to handle traffic emergencies if traffic police are not around.
Police officers usually committed to doing desk work are now patrolling the city streets in an effort to increase police presence in the eyes of the public. The police officers are all issued with standard equipment including pepper spray, handcuffs and batons.
These police are usually deployed when there are big ceremonies or city occasions, but the city decided to deploy them since accidents related to electric bicycles have been increasing lately. Before these police officers begin their patrols they are trained to set up control points, handle road emergencies and interrogate.