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Updated: 2009-03-06 07:43

Only fringe elements hate police

Dear Mr Liu Shinan,

I read with interest your February 25, 2009, article in the China Daily entitled "Heroism Loses Value Amid Moral Decay". I am a Canadian living in the city of Chongqing but had not heard of the heroic and selfless act of police officer Zhou Xin, who lost his life in the line of duty as I was away on vacation in Sanya. Like yourself, I was greatly disturbed by some of the outrageous and cruel comments of some "netizens" which I read in your article.

I am a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Canada's federal police agency). You may be interested to know that in Canada, polls show that the police are trusted and respected by 90 percent of the citizens and police are amongst the five most trusted professions, along with firefighters, nurses, farmers and doctors. Nevertheless, when a police officer is killed in Canada, there are always a few "police haters" on the internet or writing letters to newspaper editors exclaiming how happy they are that the police officer was killed and hoping that many more will be killed.

We must remember that these people are a very small percentage of the population and are undoubtedly composed of criminals, cowards and the mentally unbalanced. We can't get too upset at the ravings of these lunatics as they will never change their views because they are neither rational nor objective.

I realize that not all police officers are honest, open-minded and dedicated, but the vast majority of police officers possess integrity and are prepared to risk their lives in the performance of their duties. Furthermore, I believe that any intelligent person realizes this, even if they themselves have had an unpleasant experience with a particular police officer.

The police in Canada realized long ago that good police-community relations were essential in order to solve crimes and maintain public order with the support of the citizens.

Despite all the television programs about police forensic science, approximately 95 percent of crimes are solved through the cooperation of human witnesses. Without the trust and support of the general public, many crimes will not be solved.

I have just completed writing the "International Police Officer Criminal Investigation Manual" and I devote an entire chapter to techniques to develop support and trust amongst the public and getting the public to actively get involved in the prevention of crime and maintaining public order. Without this trust and support, no police agency can perform their duties satisfactorily.

My sincere condolences go out to the family of police officer Zhou Xin, a man of courage and integrity. His family, although sad, must be very proud of him and they should pay no heed to the small lunatic fringe who expressed their moronic views. It is obvious that the views of the great majority of people in China are the same as in Canada, evidenced by the fact that tens of thousands of people attended Officer Zhou's funeral.

Brian Cox

Chongqing

Chinese films are the real deal

Dear China Daily, your excerpt from an article in China Youth Daily (Feb 27, 2009) regarding realistic films was good service to foreigners who cannot follow the debate unfolding in the Chinese press.

However, its criticism of "those films that have been introduced to the international community showing off some decayed stuff from our country's glorious history", is a harsh affirmation that necessitates a little more specification, don't you think?

Which movies is the author of the article speaking about? Those referring to historical figures like ancient emperors?

There have been some very good realizations, like true love stories not exactly realistic, but new and entertaining, fresh and informative films about the country's history, like that starring Zhang Yimou as a resuscitated terracotta warrior. If I'm not mistaken, he is the same Zhang Yimou who was able to give the world an absolutely realistic impression of some of the most Chinese traits - indeed the deepest Chinese psyche about art and beauty through the dramatic and simple use of 'guqin' (ancient Chinese zither) music, ideographic calligraphy, and the massive effects of military arrow attacks - in the movie "Hero".

Not to speak about the story of the pregnant woman who goes alone to the city in her determination to find justice, which shows the same genial combination of realistic content and fantasy in the narrative.

So, it is not clear why the cited article judges the British movie "Slumdog Millionaire" a realistic film.

Cervini

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(China Daily 03/06/2009 page10)