context: Composing anti-crime policies and constructing a police force to implement them are two important challenges. Beijing has been busy sounding alarms and issuing directives, but as ever it will be up to local-level governments to find the resources and creative ways to deploy them.

People’s Daily reports that Shaoyang city, Hunan has installed ‘rapid response officers’ in urban areas and a ‘one village, one auxiliary police officer’ mechanism in rural areas to improve security.

Since last year, Shaoyang reformed city and county-level street service to create rapid response police teams. Main urban areas are divided into ten grids each with a rapid response police mobile platform for each grid and each county-level public security organ set up two to four rapid response police platforms. This allows police to arrive within one minute in key areas, three minutes for central urban areas and five minutes for other areas. Each platform has six police officers, 24 auxiliary police officers, two police cars and four motorcycles.

The article notes that with high-crime rates and insufficient police resources, Shaoyang required public security prevention and control teams connecting townships and villages. 3299 auxiliary police are now stationed in villages forming a rural ‘security net’, greatly reducing the time required for police to reach crime scenes. The articles that since public security has increased, a number of entrepreneurs have returned home in search of business opportunities.