Report hails police's Olympic operations

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 September, 2008, 12:00am

Mainland police revealed yesterday the herculean efforts they had undertaken to ensure a safe Beijing Olympics, during which they carried out 5 million duties of various kinds, questioned 3 million people and seized tens of thousands of firearms.

The four-month nationwide campaign, from April until the opening ceremony on August 8, included street patrols, setting up checkpoints at major traffic junctions, solving crimes, helping to resolve disputes and intelligence gathering, said a report released yesterday by the Ministry of Public Security on its website.

Officers solved 9,400 criminal cases involving the use of dynamite and firearms, and detained 14,000 suspects, the report said.

Public security officers at all levels confiscated more than 2,000 tonnes of explosives, more than 10 million detonators, nearly 70,000 firearms, 4.77 million rounds of bullets and a million knives, the report said. Police had also seized more than 500 tonnes of toxic chemicals and more than 2,000 pieces of hazardous radioactive material, the report said without elaborating.

To ensure a 'harmonious and peaceful society', police were also sent to resolve social disputes, ranging from land acquisitions and company restructuring to illegal fund-raising and fraud.

They also helped settle 26,000 disputes over the period, the report said.

Hosting a safe Olympics was considered of paramount importance for the leadership in Beijing, especially after violent unrest in Tibetan-populated areas in March and a series of terrorist attacks in Xinjiang .

Bus explosions, rare in the past, took place in several mainland cities in the run up to the Games. None of these cases has been solved. Mainland leaders mobilised almost every member of the security force - the world's largest - to maintain order.

In Hebei and Shanxi , provinces surrounding the Games' host city, police carried out blanket searches for explosives and firearms.

Border controls - particularly in Guangxi and Yunnan , which border Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam - have been strengthened.