Award-winning district staying safe, saving lives

Changning has been commended by the central leadership for its dominant role in the safety construction around the country.
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Raphael Iltisberger (left), a 24-year-old German who studies in Shanghai, gets his Ping An Volunteer badge with a little help from a local police officer. Habib Ur Rehman (right), a 27-year-old carpet merchant from Pakistan, puts his own on, before going on to patrol and ensure community safety. Changning has taken active measures to ensure community safety involving both local and foreigner residents.

Changning has been commended by the central leadership for its dominant role in the safety construction around the country.

The district was recently applauded for its continual high standards since 2013 by the political and legal affairs commission, and the comprehensive governance committee, under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

It was the second consecutive time Changning received the award amid its effort to establish a multi-faceted security system, which includes grassroots dispute settlement, a security information management platform, a psychological service platform, the introduction of attorneys and as many as 50,000 Ping An Volunteers, who patrol local streets and communities every day and night. “Ping An” in Chinese literally means peaceful and safe.

Changning has also built a three-level comprehensive administration center, established its own “Ping An Index” and deepened the reform of community police affairs and social co-governance.

It has cultivated and introduced social organizations to jointly take part in grassroots management and set up a fund to encourage bravery.

Thanks to a sterling district effort, major criminal cases detected were 100 percent at the end of last month. At the same time, the number of “110” calls dropped by nearly 20 percent from a year ago. Moreover, the number of criminal cases fell by 21.3 percent year on year. A total of 192 community police officers, together with 185 neighborhood committees, more than 20,000 volunteers and 12,000 surveillance cameras constitute an invisible network to serve 803 residential quarters in the district.

Riot police, emergency unit and armed police officers strictly follow the rules to arrive on the scene within 3 minutes. Uniformed officers patrol 5,000 kilometers every day, question more than 2,000 people and guard key areas over 600 minutes on each shift.

Patrolling officers have nabbed more than 1,000 suspects since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, traffic police patrol the 139 streets or direct traffic at 333 intersections within the district. Each officer patrols 24 kilometers, dealing with more than 20 offences every day. They also work overtime almost every week.

Thanks to their efforts, traffic accident rates dropped by 18 percent year on year and mortality fell by 60 percent during the same period. A drop of 17 percent was recorded in the number of traffic jams from a year ago, while the number of parking violations plummeted more than 50 percent year-on-year.


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A policewoman and a Ping An Volunteer distribute brochures to a passer-by amid the program to enhance security awareness among the residents.

Two fire squadrons are stationed in Changning. The fire brigade have trained more than 1,300 civilians and held 16 seminars since the beginning of the year.

Changning suffered 4 percent fewer fire disasters from a year ago and property loss fell by 39 percent at the same time. Firemen saved 35 people and more than 28 million yuan (US$4.22 million) worth of property from flames.

Changning also introduced dozens of panels to hear citizens’ complaints from August 2015. Each panel has one Party representative, one deputy to the district people’s congress and a member of the district people’s political consultative conference. The panels serve the public on the last Thursday of each month.

The panels have served hundreds of people and solved more than 90 percent of problems.

Changning developed a mediation and rapid settlement system to solve disputes between doctors and patients.

The district justice bureau outsourced the service to a social organization. A committee was established in August 2011 to carry out work under the instruction of the district health and family planning commission and the bureau.

The Changning sub-branch of People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China also took part in the system to provide liability insurance up to 600,000 yuan.

Fifteen public hospitals in Changning jointly buy the insurance. Any dispute that involves more than 30,000 yuan will be settled through the system and payments will be delivered within seven days of settlement.

Changning is home to around 69,000 expats from 78 countries and regions.

The district on the west side of Shanghai covers an area of 37.19 square kilometers and has around 800,000 residents.

The city’s first international community, the Ronghua neighborhood, is also in Changning. Many expats in Changning have further expanded their role in community affairs and started patrolling their neighborhood.

Apart from regular patrolling, expat volunteers can work as interpreters when Chinese police officers stop foreigners for inspection.

Almost at the same time, dozens of expats have been working as traffic volunteers in Changning since a citywide campaign against traffic violations kicked off last March.

They wear orange or green vests when on duty. Some of them were honored by the Shanghai government as Exemplary Residents in Promoting Traffic Rules.

They are experts on the city’s traffic rules, particularly when fellow expats inquire with him about the rules, especially those governing e-bikes and scooters.


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