One retired cop is calling on the government to disclose information on the cost of Dalian’s mounted female police force, Sina reports.
The former policeman, Zhao Ming, submitted the application for disclosure online on May 26. The site states that his request has been accepted.
Zhao called the mounted police force an “image project” for the city and not an actual, viable police team.
His main objection is to the expenditures incurred from keeping the horses on the police department’s budget. Zhao believes the mounties would do just as well atop a motorcycle or bicycle.
“If we keep going like this, how much money will taxpayers have to spend!” Zhao said to China Youth Daily.
The unit was originally formed in 1994 on the initiative of now disgraced politician Bo Xilai, according to the SCMP. Bo-protege Wang Lijun shared his boss’s fondness for micromanaging female police units, personally designing a new uniform to be worn by all female cops in Chongqing.
By Huizhong Wu // Images via IFeng, Sina