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Ho Chi Minh City police launch special unit to combat street crime

Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 16:16 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police launch special unit to combat street crime
Officers of Unit 363 are seen during the launch ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on December 30, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A new police unit has been in operation in Ho Chi Minh City to fight crime, which is likely to increase ahead of Tet, or Vietnam's Lunar New Year.

The special force, named ‘Unit 363,’ is not completely a new team, but it includes officers from different existing units, aiming to strengthen street security.

This taskforce is divided into seven teams, each consisting of three traffic police officers, six flying squad officers and three plain-clothes police officers. This explains the ‘three-six-three’ name of the unit.

Robbery and illegal motor racing tend to rise in Ho Chi Minh City weeks before Tet.

Tet, or Vietnam's Lunar New Year, is the biggest public holiday in the country during which time people celebrate the coming of a new year according to the lunar calendar.

The upcoming Tet falls on February 5, with celebrations starting as early as late January.

Unit 363 will help secure the streets, improve the effectiveness in competing against criminals and help decrease the city’s crime rate, policer said.

Following Ho Chi Minh City traffic police, Unit 363 will deal with unlawful behaviors until Tet, such as weapon storage or motor racing.

Unit 363 officers will have no fixed schedules for their patrols.

Local police affirm that the unit has the right to examine all cases which show law-breaking signs.

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Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre News

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