Police hone security skills

Police officers practiced air-to-ground fighting on Wednesday to hone their skills ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games next year.

More than 30 armed police units responsible for security for the Games received training this week. In addition to air-to-ground fighting, they also practiced communicating with gestures, patrolling venues and standing guard at an army base in Beijing on Wednesday, signalling the beginning of full-scale security training for next year's Games.

An unnamed military official told the Xinhua News Agency that the training would be carried out in three phases.

During the first phase, scheduled to run from this month to December, the armed police will focus on basic security training and individual patrolling. Anti-terrorism troops will receive additional training handling emergencies and subjects relating to terrorist activities.

During the second phase, which will run from January to April next year, the team will conduct on-site training at Olympic venues. Police are to perfect their security abilities during the last phase, from next May to June, the report said.

Meanwhile, at the three-day Beijing International Exhibition on Police and Anti-terrorism Technology and Equipment, which opened yesterday, AgustaWestland (Agusta), a leading global helicopter design and manufacturing company, announced that all four of the helicopters the Beijing police bureau ordered last year would arrive in the capital by the end of the year.

The first two will start patrolling the sky in August, and the rest will arrive in December. The air police will help collect evidence, trail criminal suspects, support anti-terrorist operations, transfer personnel and facilities and direct traffic, the city's police bureau said.

Crew members will receive tailored training both in China and Italy.

Fu Zhenghua, deputy director of the city's police bureau, said police could learn about advanced foreign technologies at the exhibition.

Also on display was the country's first homemade explosive ordnance disposal robot.

Jiang Jinpeng, a senior engineer from the Shanghai Grandar Robotics Co Ltd, which makes the machine, said his company's model costs less than 500,000 yuan ($65,000), about half the price of similar foreign products. "I hope our new robots will help with the security of the Games as well," he said.

Beijing expects to receive 550,000 foreign tourists and 2 million domestic tourists during next year's Olympic Games.

Source: China Daily

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