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Management assistants to get training on law

THE Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau yesterday announced it would screen, train and test all assistants to urban management officers, after five assistants in Minhang District's Huacao Town beat a street vendor and left him with brain and spinal injuries early this month.

The city has about 6,000 licensed urban management officers, whose major duty is to clear illegal stalls, and district and town governments hired another 8,000 people to assist them.

The Huacao Town government had fired the five assistants for severe violations, said Liu Weiguang, an official from the sanitation bureau.

"All urban management assistants must undergo training on laws and proper work practices and sit examinations," Liu said.

Anyone who fails to pass the exam, does not have the necessary qualifications or behaves badly will be removed the job as the city government has launched a special campaign running until August 15, according to officials.

The sanitation bureau has also planned to tighten the monitoring of urban management officers' certifications and uniforms.

Only licensed staff have a certificate to enforce the law such as issuing fines. They must also wear uniforms on duty, officials said.

"The bureau has a special uniform for assistants, but many of them wear the same uniform as the licensed officers or wear their own clothes or camouflage uniform, which could mislead local residents and affect the image of the urban management team," Liu said.

The five suspects were detained waiting for criminal charges.

On July 11, the five attacked 28-year-old street vendor Peng Lin, who resisted when they wanted to confiscate his watermelons.

Peng suffered bruising to the brain and a spinal injury and is still in Huashan Hospital's intensive care unit.


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