Law to control police
By AGNES CHEUNG
BEIJING is brushing up the image of the police by increased monitoring and legal control.
The newly passed police law, yet to be implemented, will increase public accountability and legal control.
Regulations, including those covering Public Security units are being formulated, the Hong Kong China News Agency said yesterday.
Another law which allows citizens to apply for compensation for police misconduct will be enforced from May 1.
Public Security authorities have been tarnished by those officers who fail to enforce the law or violate the law themselves.
Last year, more than 4,000 officials and members of the judiciary were found guilty of embezzlement.
More than 30 officers in Public Security departments were sentenced to death.
In Shenyang, 29 police officers who were reported by residents were sacked and punished last year. In Shanxi, 2,200 unqualified policemen were dismissed.
Public security units in Fujian, Shanghai and Shenzhen are cracking down on rogue officers.
The force has issued orders banning officers from attending forms of entertainment that can affect their execution of duties.
The force also faces problems of insufficient funding, manpower and equipment.