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Expats helping to police Pudong

PUDONG New Area Police Bureau has enrolled 50 volunteers, including two expats, to report social public security problems arising in the area.

The volunteers are lawyers, entrepreneurs, public servants, journalists and local residents engaged in community activities. The bureau gave them their first training lesson yesterday and they will meet once a month to offer suggestions to police. They can also contact police at other times.

"I will keep my eyes open," said 25-year-old Mark Brown from the United States, who has been an English teacher in Shanghai for two years. His fellow expat volunteer is Jack Moore, a 65-year-old Australian.

"Pudong becomes more and more international with more expats living and working in the area," said Tao Jin, director of the bureau's public security team. "I hope the foreign volunteers will identify problems in their circle which may escape our attention."

The idea of forming such a team came as a result of several cases which police handled recently.

Police cracked down on several places for prostitution and making gambling machines which were hidden in neighborhoods and recreation venues, with the help of residents' reports.

The police decided to form the team to improve public security before the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Volunteers are being encouraged to provide police with information covering problems including prostitution, drug trafficking, gambling, guns and begging.


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