Chinese police warned of drinking, trouble-making

Beijing, Sep 30 (IANS) Policemen in China have been warned against excessive drinking, visiting entertainment venues such as nightclubs or turning a nuisance of themselves as authorities attempt to foster closer ties between the police and the public.

According to a three-point discipline issued by the Ministry of Public Security, few policemen do not enforce self-discipline and have even violated laws and regulations, tarnishing the police department's image and seriously damaging their ties with the general public, Xinhua reported.

The ministry has said those who violate the three-point discipline will receive punishment ranging from confinement to removal from their posts. The superiors of those who break the regulation will be held accountable as well.

The move to promote fine work styles among the police came as part of a more comprehensive "mass line" campaign to boost ties between Communist Party of China officials, members and the broad masses while cleaning up undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

The one-year campaign was launched in June by Chinese leaders.

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