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Reforms target law enforcement

AS a step toward curbing crime-fighting abuses, assistant staffers working in law-enforcement offices should be barred from any enforcement roles, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.

"To solve the unemployment problem, some government departments hire assistant staff as a help. But these assistants receive no professional training and aren't qualified for law enforcement," Han told deputies of the Shanghai People's Congress.

The bar on assistant staff was one of five reforms Han offered at the ongoing annual session of the top legislative body in the light of last year's entrapment incidents in the city's crackdown on illegal cabs.

"We should draw a lesson from the bitter experience," Han said. "The entrapment went against the law enforcement procedures."

The first thing the government must do to end such illegality is to cut off the interest chain, Han said.

He explained that some people became occupational tipsters to get awards. And some people, including officers, were getting shares of fines. Thus, there were financial incentives to make arrests, however shaky.

To solve that, Shanghai will form a special office to collect all the administrative fines, which will remain apart from law-enforcement departments, the mayor said.

As another step, all law-enforcement officers will get concerted training in the law, correct procedures, what to say and how to act in law enforcement.

Also, laws and regulations needed to be sorted out, Han said. Those no longer fitting the times should be abolished.

Finally, a system of outside supervision should be established. Law enforcement must accept supervision from the public, Han stressed.


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