Cadets Present Primer on Chinese Policing

Cartoon illustration of police man and woman in front of Chinese police badge.

In the spirit of cooperation and communication, students from Zhejiang Police College (ZPC) in China will introduce Sam Houston State students to policing in their native land.

Eight students from the 2011-2012 cohort will present “Introduction to the Chinese Police System” on April 3 and 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room A201 in the Criminal Justice Center. The program will cover basic information on Chinese police, surveillance, an integrated police command system, crime prevention, intermediation practices and investigating techniques.

“We want to help Americans know a little more about Chinese policing,” said Yulu (Crystal) Ye, a Chinese police cadet who is organizing the presentation. “China is very different. It has a large population, and the laws are different. Students will find similarities and differences and maybe they might be inspired by some of those differences. ”

The impetus for the program came from an American friend who travelled to China in the 1980s and said the public security was “terrible.”

“China has police and Americans don’t understand Chinese policing,” said Ye. “In the last few decades, China has made huge progress.” Ye will enlighten students about the integrated police command system in her country, which combines dispatch, civilian surveillance and information analysis in one center. In fact, to reach police in the event of an emergency, citizens in China dial 1-1-0 instead of 9-1-1. To monitor the large population, China has surveillance cameras on the street, which are used in combination with crime analysis to keep offenses in check.

“Because of this sort of practice, the crime rate is reduced,” said Ye. Another major difference between China and the United States is that citizens may not own guns. In addition, the use of cameras is less controversial among its residents, Ye said.

For the last three years, 16 police cadets from Zhejiang Police College have spent their junior year at SHSU, and SHSU criminal justice professors have traveled to China to teach at ZPC. The program is designed to provide basic information about the American criminal justice system and teach English to prepare students for their experience at our American university. During their stay in the United States, Alvin and League City Police Departments provide a five day internship for police cadets from China.

During the second year of the program, the Chinese cadets reached out to American students through a Chinese movie night to introduce their culture. After the internship, this cohort wanted to clear up some misconceptions about Chinese police.

“We just want to share ideas,” Ye said. “We had a chance to experience American policing. Now we feel it is necessary to introduce Chinese policing. It is necessary for good communications and cooperation.”

Among the Zhejiang Police cadets scheduled to present are:

  • Qilong Yuan (Charles): Basic Information on Chinese Policing
  • Chiyun Zhang (Sally) and Yuanyi Zhao (Kira): Surveillance
  • Yulu Ye (Crystal): An Integrated Police Command System
  • Rusong Xu (Daniel): Crime Prevention
  • Bin Zhang (Sam) : Intermediation Practice
  • Qi Ye (Michelle) and Feibai Huang (Helen): Investigating Techniques
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