Vietnam begins crackdown on trading in fake police uniforms

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Police uniforms and caps being sold on a Hanoi street Photo: Tien Phong

The Ministry of Public Security has ordered police departments in cities and provinces to crack down on the illegal production, transport, trade and use of police uniforms.

A ministry circular last week also prohibited trainees at police schools and officers from trading or giving away their uniforms.

The ministry instructed its logistics and engineering division to ensure there is strict control over the production and distribution of uniforms.

It ordered the Hanoi police to investigate the origin of uniforms they seized recently from shops in Son Tay town and Le Duan, Nguyen Thiep, and Dai Mo Streets in the capital.

Earlier, on May 27, Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper had reported that the uniforms were sold on sidewalks at the Nguyen Trai-Khuat Duy Tien intersection for VND100,000-200,000 (US$4.7-9.4).

For several days local authorities had ignored it, the report said.

The ministry acted the next day, and authorities seized uniforms, caps, belts, stripes, and medals from shops in Son Tay and several streets.

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In the recent past authorities around Vietnam have arrested and punished several people for wearing police uniforms and collecting "fines" from traffic violators.

They include four men who were jailed for 12-15 months by a court in Hanoi's Long Bien District in January.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the Ministries of Defense and Public Security to ensure their uniforms are not faked.

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