Deputy PM urges for better crime prevention in border areas

Wednesday, 2017-12-06 15:51:15
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Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the meeting. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – It is necessary to timely prevent criminal acts that are increasingly sophisticated with an inter-provincial and transnational scale to maintain political and social security, especially in strategic areas in the mainland border and on the sea.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh made the requirement at a conference held by the Border Guard High Command in Hanoi this morning to review the crime prevention and control work in 2017.

Addressing the conference, Deputy PM Binh praised efforts by the border guard force in the fight against crime, especially crimes related to drug trafficking, petroleum smuggling at sea and human trafficking. He pointed out that crime is still complicated with increasingly inter-provincial and transnational activities, infringing upon social order and safety and also the national border security.

The Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Defence to direct border guard units to continue carrying out synchronous measures to prevent and combat crimes, focusing on social precautious measures in close integration with professional preventive measures and promptly detecting and handling crimes to prevent the emergence of complicated “hot spots” for social security on the border.

From now to the Lunar New Year 2018, the border guard force should concentrate on strengthening forces and means, in close coordination with other forces and local administrations, to effectively carry out crime prevention and combat against smuggling, trade frauds and counterfeit goods under the direction from the central Government.

The government official suggested that the border guard coordinate closely with functional forces, especially the police, the coast guard, customs and forest rangers, as well as maintaining cooperative relations with the functional forces of neighbouring countries in the struggle against crimes and keeping the borders as borders of peace, friendship, stability and joint development. He also noted that the border guard units should regularly strengthen staff capacity rising and prevent border officials from engaging in criminal activity, while also strictly handling violations.

At the conference, reporting on the crime prevention and control work in 2017, Major General Bui Duc Hanh, Deputy Commander of the Border Guard, informed that the forces have detected 9,826 cases with 14,732 subjects arrested during the year (up 1,179 cases and 1,291 subjects compared to 2016). Particularly, the border guard units have established 115 special campaigns, in which 92 have been successfully deployed, to demolish a range of organised drug gangs with a very large volume of drugs.

Delegates at the event also discussed the advantages and the causes for difficulties during the fight against crime, from which proposing measures to create positive and effective changes in the work in the near future.

On the occasion, Colonel Truong The Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Border Guard announced the decision by the Ministry of Defence on the establishment of the Office for the Prevention and Combat of Human Trafficking under the Drug and Crime Prevention Department of the Border Guard High Command.