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Famed for its imitations, from the lavish replica of Venice to the newly built school resembling Hogwarts, China is certainly gaining a reputation for its ‘fakery.’ Now, it seems that even some of the police are ‘fake,’ after it has been revealed that a number of ‘police officers’ completing security checks in the Heilongjiang city of Jiamusi are actually security guards dressed in police uniforms, reports Global Times.
The revelation, broadcasted by the city’s government security office on Tuesday, acknowledges that the ‘officers’ are security guards who have been wearing police uniforms, complete with rank and ID numbers.
Global Times also reports on how security guards wearing police uniforms is illegal but, despite this, they were given approval to continue doing it. Additionally, police rank and IDs were issued by the public security bureau.
One security guard tells reporters about his situation, saying “I’ve been using this police ID number and carrying a Class 3 police rank for nearly seven years.”
The government building where the security guards are working is reported to house an onsite police station, which is also under scrutiny over its legal status.
Yu Changhai, director of the local public security bureau, admits that the station was set up in 2006 following a meeting between city officials, however there was no official approval granted by authorities.
The security guards, who have been wearing police uniforms since 2001, have now sadly been stripped of their uniforms. “The police insignia, uniforms, equipment and certificates distributed to the security guards have been confiscated by the city public security bureau. We haven’t heard about any punishment,” reporters were told by an official from the city government.
They may have to go back to their old uniforms, but let us not forget how the security guards have been keeping residents safe across the nation, like the lifesaving Mr Li and these security guards who helped an 87-year-old man who had collapsed.
By Robert Ridley