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Out on patrol while others celebrate

When Wang Jiaqin resigned from a bank 12 years ago, she had it in mind to become a police officer dealing with crime. But she was assigned to work in a remote village as a community police officer and remains there to this day.

Wang works in Guangrong Village on Changxing Island, 30 kilometers from her home in Yangpu District. She’s used to being on duty during the Chinese New Year holiday — she will do the same this year.

“My work is undistinguished and, to some extent, trivial, but I love working in the community of loving people for their safety,” she said. “January 24 is just a normal date for me, because the residents’ safety and the community’s harmony are as important as any other day of the year.”

The village, in the northwest of Changxing Island, covers 4.3 square kilometers and has 3,500 residents.

Wang’s daily job is to patrol the village and its rivers, deal with reports from residents and educate them on keeping safe. She is known to be a careful observer who responds efficiently to people’s needs.

On the morning of December 24 last year, she discovered an illegal food shop where snacks were being made in unsanitary conditions.

“There are a lot of migrant workers in our village and the food products were mostly sold to them,” she said.

She reported the case to her superiors, and the authorities suspended the shop.

As the village is in the protection area of the Qingcaosha reservoir, a key drinking water resource for Shanghai, ecological safety is one of her major missions.

Illegal slaughterhouse

Last September, as Wang was patrolling the village, she noticed that members of a family became nervous when seeing her passing and quickly closed their windows. After investigation, she found the family were running an illegal slaughterhouse with more than 2,000 chickens, ducks and pigeons, a possible cause of water pollution.

She filed a report and the slaughterhouse was closed.

“My former colleagues are paid twice as much as I am, but I don’t regret my career choice because what I do is important to the people I serve,” Wang said.


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