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Ho Chi Minh City dispatches more mobile police to boost crime-fighting efforts

Sunday, March 06, 2016, 14:05 GMT+7

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Police on Saturday began dispatching additional officers in the mobile police force to suppress crimes and ensure safety citywide.

The police officers were assigned with additional patrols to control and suppress criminal activities, especially theft and property appropriation, in essential areas of the southern metropolis, according to Colonel Huynh Kim Thanh, head of the city’s mobile police unit.

Officers in the mobile police force have been coordinating with criminal and traffic police, as well as district-level officers to review and discuss patrol and cooperation methods, and prepare necessary equipment for the fight against crimes, Col. Thanh said.

“With preparations already completed, all of the police forces are now ready and determined to fulfill any assigned missions,” the officer added.

Criminal activities in Ho Chi Minh City are still complicated, as evidenced by the high ratio of thefts, robberies and burglaries that happened on the streets and public places, causing significant damage to local citizens, Lieutenant General Le Dong Phong said on Saturday.

To cope with the current issue, the directors of the municipal police department have decide to appoint more officers to the patrols and coordination with other forces to enhance the efficiency of crime-fighting efforts, according to Lt. Gen. Phong.  

In order to achieve best outcomes, officers are required to showcase complete responsibility and focus, while presenting decent attitude and manners when working with residents and competent authorities as well as strictly complying with protocols and the law, Phong asserted.

Officers should also be prompt and active in spotting potential offenses while remaining calm yet assertive when dealing with criminals, the police official continued.

Aside from additional patrols, Phong suggested that relevant authorities make public information regarding criminal activities to raise people’s awareness on the city’s security situation.

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Officers are dispatched to areas across Ho Chi Minh City to carry out patrols and ensure safety on March 5, 2016. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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