Police authorities held a farewell ceremony yesterday morning
for Shanghai officers enrolled in China's peacekeeping mission to
The Shanghai squadron of 23, including three policewomen, will
leave for Haiti on September 12 and 27 in two batches. The tour of
duty will last about six months.
With an average age of 28, the officers are mostly from local
anti-riot forces who have just completed three-months of training
in Beijing, authorities said.
The entire peacekeeping force totals 125, all selected from
either Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin or Chongqing municipalities. They
will be assigned to help maintain public order and handle possible
social turbulence in Haiti.
"The 23 recommended by Shanghai police were recruited after they
successfully passed various strict examinations," said Yang Ye, a
spokeswoman for the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.
"Some are master detectives, some are meritorious personnel with
security tasks during the APEC meeting in 2001 and others are
national champions of police competitions in physical prowess," she
Wu Zhiming, director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau,
said at yesterday's ceremony that anti-riot peacekeepers should
abide by UN regulations and respect the customs of Haiti
"I hope you will achieve the peacekeeping mission smoothly and
bring credit to Shanghai police," Wu said.
Wu Jie, former captain of Shanghai's anti-riot squadron, was
once again appointed the captain of the 23-member team.
Showing great excitement in a telephone interview, Wu said he
was confident in fulfilling the mission.
"I have been working with different police bodies in the past 14
years," the 36-year-old said.
The government of Haiti was overthrown in February and
then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled the country.
The UN has authorized a force of 6,700 troops, of which 5,000
soldiers from various countries will be in place by October.
(Shanghai Daily September 4, 2004)