Italian police in Shanghai: It's a safe city

The two Italian police officers on an exchange program in Shanghai talked about their impression of Shanghai on Tuesday as the program draws to an end.
Italian police in Shanghai: It's a safe city
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Two Italian police officers with their Chinese counterparts patrol the Jing'an Temple area on Tuesday morning.

Italian police in Shanghai: It's a safe city
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

They meet a bomb detection dog patrolling in the street with an officer.

As this year’s joint patrol of Italian and Chinese police officers in Shanghai is drawing toward the end, the two Italian officers shared their impression of Shanghai on Tuesday.

Ruben Lupi, who works in Rome, said Shanghai is a very safe and orderly city.

“We have met with our fellow countrymen who live and work here, and they all have high opinions of safety here,” he said.

Annamaria Pettini, who works with Interpol in Italy, said Shanghai is a safe and clean city.

“We have visited several police stations where we saw that their equipment is very advanced and their work highly organized,” she said.

Pettini said she was especially impressed by the police command center on the Bund where smart cameras monitor the crowd and alert the police about excessive number of tourists.

When patrolling with their Chinese counterparts in the Jing’an Temple area on Tuesday, they met two Italian expats. The Italians had a brief talk in their language.

One of them, Riccardo from Venice, has been living in China for six years. Riccardo currently lives in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, and came to Shanghai for job interviews.

Italian police in Shanghai: It's a safe city
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Riccardo (right) talks to the two police officers.

“My Chinese friend told me about our police coming to China, and it’s really interesting to see them here in Shanghai,” he said. “I saw from their faces that they feel very excited about visiting Shanghai which is really a different place from our home.”

Riccardo said China is one of the safest places in the world.

“China is one of the biggest countries in the world and you manage to keep it so safe, so it’s very impressive,” he said.

Guido, an Italian who works in a restaurant in Shanghai, has been living in the city for 19 years. He was also very surprised to see police officers from his country and learnt about the program from the Italian officers.

Italian police in Shanghai: It's a safe city
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Guido (right) talks to the two officers.

The two Italian police officers are among eight working in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Guangzhou till July 5.

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