“Chinese uniformed police and Italian uniformed police are having patrol together on foot near Colosseum, Italian landmark.” - it is not a filming on Rome’s street, but a Joint-Patrol launched by China and Italy from May 2 to 14, in term of protect Chinese people abroad.
This makes Italy the first European country to have Chinese police officers patrolling the streets.
Chinese uniformed police and Italian uniformed police in front of the Colosseum [Photo/Xinhua]
The four-member Chinese team, with 2 of them from Guangdong Province. They attracted attention from native and Chinese tourists in Rome and Milan, and their patrolling photos swept social media.
Pang Bo, head of the team from Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (GZMPSB), shared the two-week experience with us.
The bridge between Chinese and Italian
According to officer Pang, they have foot patrol with two Italian officers everyday in Rome (scenic spots, community of Overseas Chinese and train station) from 8.30 A.M. to 4.30 P.M..
“Keeping Chinese people in safe is the primary mission of the joint patrol,” officer Pang told us, “we also gave our hands to people in need, both Chinese and other foreigners.”
With the fast growth of Chinese economy, more and more Chinese citizens choose to travel abroad nowadays. As one of the hottest destination for Chinese tourists, more than 3 billion Chinese citizens visit Italy annually, according to Nanfang Daily.
However, some cases about Chinese tourists cannot be dealt with timely, due to language and cultural difference.
In view of reinforce the sense of safety for Chinese tourists and cope with the cases timely, Chinese and Italian government signed an agreement of Joint-Patrol in 2014.
Pang Bo (1st from the right) and his companions in Rome [Photo/GZMPSB]
In light of the agreement, the Chinese police officers have no independent law enforcement rights, and they only give assistance to local police.
However, it has no major influence on their patrol. "Suspicious personnel went away rapidly when they saw us." Office Pang said.
One thing impressed Officer Pang deeply during this operation: he and his partner went to help a Chinese journalist whose luggage were stolen. The police station investigated the case immediately after office Pang and his partner relayed the case situation in Italian.
“The journalist told me he (she) had no idea how to handle this situation without our help,” officer Pang said, “the protection of Chinese police in foreign country makes he (she) felt safe and warm.”
Furthermore, due to the misunderstand of Italian legal system, Overseas Chinese seldom call the police after their belongings are stolen.
“We are the bridge for them,” Office Pang told us, “On one hand, Italian policemen can understand the demand of Chinese community; on the other hands, Chinese community also know more about how to secure their rights and the Italian legal system from us.”
“Many Chinese tourists said that they feel surprised, but also safety when they meet us in Rome,” Officer Pang said with pride.