Crime drops in An Giang since regular police posted to key communes

595 police officers from the national public security force started work in 119 communes in An Giang last August. Since then, the Mekong Delta province has seen a significant drop in crime.

Since regular police were mobilised to work in communes in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, the locality has seen a significant drop in crime. In Photo: Regular police of Nhon Hung commune patrol the area. VNA

The deploy was part of the Government’s project “Sending regular police to communes”, VNA reported.

Police officers posted to communal-level police posts should have good morals as well as political and professional qualifications and be capable of fulfilling their assigned tasks.

They actively advised local authorities on measures to maintain local security and order while solving many cases at the grassroots-level.

Before that, part-time police officers took on the duty of ensuring public safety and security in the area. However, due to lacking professional skills, they faced a number of difficulties.

An Giang province was a hot spot of crimes and social evils in the Mekong Delta region. The public officers on duty were always under pressure to handle criminal cases.

With the help of regular police, safety and security in communes has improved.

“The regular police force has brought a breath of fresh air to the area because they are able to update cases quickly from grassroots and are trusted by people,” said Colonel Dinh Van Noi, Director of the provincial Department of Public Security.

Nguyen Phuoc An, Chairman of the People's Committee of An Thanh Trung commune in Cho Moi district, said since the regular police force were mobilised to work at the commune, there have been no social evils. The commune police force has strengthened its core role, maintaining security and order in the locality.

The part-time police force and self-defence force also support regular police officers in patrolling duties as well as preventing and combating crime, he said.

Regular police have cracked down on a number of criminal cases, erased many places of social evils, drugs, and smuggling, the tasks that part-time security force found it hard to do.

During the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular police were on duty around the clock and collaborated with soldiers to ensure safety for the Vietnam-Cambodia border.

Thich Thien Chieu, head of Hoa Thanh Pagoda in Nhon Hung commune, said the regular police force was warmly welcomed by local people. “We are satisfied that administrative procedures are handled neatly, professionally and quickly by the communal police," he said."The police are also very helpful that they support local people with the procedures.”

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Sang, deputy head of Tinh Bien district’s division of public security, said the project was a necessary policy and has shown positive results.

However, police in the area still face a number of difficulties while performing the duty due to downgrading infrastructure. The criminals’ detention house is too small to accommodate a large number of offenders.

In the future, the An Giang police will continue to improve police force’s quality and upgrade infrastructure to facilitate the regular police’s work, he said.

Tu Pham