In the past, Kunming's urban management officers — aka chengguan — have been deployed to patrol the city in search of illegal street vendors and bothersome outdoor café seating. Now they have a new job: civilizing the mean streets of the Spring City.
This past weekend the Urban Management Officers Division (城管部门) issued a statement saying it would form a special task force to root out uncivilized behavior, Yunnan Information News is reporting.
Targeted behaviors include littering, spitting, hanging clothes or bedding to dry in public areas, parking scooters in 'random places' (乱停乱放) and cooking on public streets.
The new task force will concentrate their patrols on the 22 streets that were part of the recent road beautification project (景观大道). Patrols will be random and unannounced, according to the report.
Officers will be armed with video cameras and film offenders in action before confronting them. People exhibiting behavior deemed unacceptable will be issued on-the-spot fines ranging from 10 to 50 yuan. Citizens who witness uncivilized behavior can make a report by calling 3382965.
Officially there are 188 regularly employed chengguan officers for Wuhua District (五华区) supplemented by 406 untrained contract workers (协勤人员). It appears their workload may increase exponentially with this newest assignment.
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