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Over 44,000 Chinese police fired last year
The Epoch Times
1/17/2004



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An extensive housecleaning of the police department has led to the firing of over 33,000 police officers within a four-month period last year in China. Among the reasons for the firing included lack of qualifications, misuse of authority, gambling, drinking on duty, and driving while intoxicated according to Radio Free Asia. Another 10,940 were fired in the later part of last year.

China has a population of 1.3 billion, but only 1.7 million police officers. In a city in northern China with a population of 126,000 citizens, there is a police station that has only ten officers. Due to the shortage of police officers, many are not qualified and have damaged the reputation of the police department.

One common phenomenon that has resulted from the insufficient and unqualified staff is the prolonged detention of prisoners that the authorities have marked for release. In one instance, 7,621 prisoners were found to have been detained over the time regulated by law. Many police officers were also found to have been involved with extortion.

The report also added that coordination in various departments is needed for carrying out tasks such as birth planning, tax collecting and reducing criminal activities.

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