Nearly 500 police micro-blogs launched in China

16:10, January 04, 2011      

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The animation introduction of the micro-blog group of the public security departments in Guangdong province opened on January 1, 2011. [Photo:]

Nearly 500 micro-blogs were opened by public security authorities in China to serve as important platforms in expanding cooperation among police in different regions, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Police officers pledged to strengthen cross-regional cooperation via micro-blogs during a recent seminar held in the capital city, in which police departments from Beijing city, Guangdong, Hebei, and Jiangsu provinces participated, according to the report.

Police in south China's Guangdong province took the lead in sharing timely information with the public. In February 2010, public security authorities in Foshan and Zhaoqing of Guangdong provinces opened the first official micro-blogs in the country. Now the number of police micro-blogs in the province has reached 49, Xinhua reported.

Police authorities in Beijing launched the official micro-blog on August 1, 2010 in the latest move in its public relations campaign. It attracted more than 230,000 viewers after operating for about four months, and the blog enjoyed a click rate of over 13 million, received nearly 60,000 messages and solved 106 cases reported online, according to the information from the seminar.

Those micro-blogs have become a new channel to issue the latest crime news, fraud alerts and a major source to gather information and retain the support of public opinion.

In August 2010, a netizen published her suicidal intention via a micro-blog, which attracted 100,000 netizens online, and she was reported to the public security micro-blogs. The police authorities in Beijing and Jinan jointly carried out the rescue operation and published the progress via the micro-blogs, which received praise from netizens, the report said.

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