Traffic cops may soon be armed with iPads in Vietnam capital

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In another attempt to boost their public image, the Hanoi traffic police may soon be equipped with iPads.

In an interview with VnExpress on Thursday, Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, chief of the Traffic Police Agency with the Hanoi Police Department, said his agency will propose its iPad initiative to the Ministry of Public Security.

Under the proposal, each team would be provided with an iPad in order to give people directions when needed, he said, stressing that the computer tablet would allow officers to provide accurate directions to the nearest, most convenient roads.

Moreover, in terms of handling violations, the tablet would enable officers to conduct background checks to see if violators have committed any wrongdoings before to impose "suitable" fines, Thang said.

According to the official, the Hanoi traffic police agency has also recently opened computer classes for local officers.

When the classes end on June 30, all the local traffic officers are supposed to be qualified to handle video-recorded violations and traffic accidents, Thang added.

This is one of the steps the capital city's traffic police are taking to improve local officers' knowledge of communicative technology, which will help them establish a "good," "polite," "friendly," and "elegant" public image, he stressed.

Since the beginning of this year, the Hanoi police have taken various measures aimed at boosting the image of its traffic officers.

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In January, more than 20 female officers were assigned to patrol ten major positions typically burdened with brutal traffic jams in Hanoi.

Then, earlier this month, it was announced that cops with big bellies, those who appear frail, or who fail to display appropriate manners would be removed from street patrols and reassigned to desk jobs. 

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