Beijing yesterday ordered all levels of public security organs to appoint inspectors to enforce internal order and curb widespread abuses and irregularities in the police force. Minister of Public Security Tao Siju urged all local police forces to set up teams of 'relatively independent, well-trained, authoritative, high-quality' inspectors under terms of the Regulations on Inspectors of Public Security Authorities. Speaking at a seminar jointly organised by his ministry and the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Mr Tao said officials should select inspectors with prudence and by stringently sticking to rules. 'Inspectors should have received special training and the required qualifications before being placed on duty,' he told Xinhua (the New China News Agency). The regulations, announced by premier Li Peng last month, are the first set of administrative rules aimed at improving supervision within the police force. Beijing has noted an increase in complaints in recent years of irregularities among local police forces, including excessive arrests and punishments. The inspectors' main duty is to supervise and report officers' illegal and undisciplined behaviour. Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities had formed their teams and had imposed 'timely and severe' sanctions against those officers who violated law and discipline, Xinhua said.