On Friday, Beijing Daily, published an article about efforts to install police officers in grass-roots Party cells throughout the city.
Nectar Gan at the SCMP has a good summary:
“In Tongzhou district alone, 239 police officers had been appointed deputy party chiefs of outlying villages and urban communities.”
“The authorities began a pilot programme of the policy in 2012 and plan to have it in place citywide this year.”
“By July, every village and residential community in Beijing will have a community police officer doubling as its deputy party chief to ‘strengthen grass-roots management.’
”It’s not just Beijing:“A similar programme is under way in Shanghai.”
Some important context:“The policy is hailed as a golden example of the ‘Fengqiao experience’ – a Mao-era experiment in social management to ‘mobilise the masses’ [against] the people’s ‘enemies’ without the need to hand them over to higher authorities.”“The phrase – which had fallen out of use by Chinese leaders – has come back to life under President Xi Jinping, who vehemently supported it as a tool for social management and stability.”
Get smart: The Party wants the police to be more proactive in identifying and neutralizing threats to social stability before they metastasize.
Beijing Daily: 通州首批民警兼任村党组织副书记
SCMP: Police embedded in grass-roots Communist Party cells as security grip tightens on Beijing