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For Some Reason Chinese Police Are Patrolling Italy

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | May 04, 2016

For Some Reason Chinese Police Are Patrolling Italy

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They are highly trained officials dedicated to eradicating crime throughout Italy’s major cities. Their special training makes them particularly helpful to tourists walking in and around Rome and Milan.

If there is a crime occurring in these Italian hotspots, tell them. They are…Chinese police officers.

The Associated Press has a report that will leave you baffled and possibly with an ache in your neck as you tilt your head from disbelief.

According to the report, Italian officials welcomed Chinese law enforcement officers into the area for a two-week program that aims to protect the myriad Chinese tourists that flock to places like Rome and Italy.

When crime becomes a sad part of the tourist experience the solution isn’t to beef up domestic patrols. It seems, at least, the answer is to outsource the solution.

Snark aside, the program does make some deal of sense, which might be the most confounding aspect of the report.

These cities welcome millions of Chinese tourists annually – three million according to the report.

Sadly, as CNN reminds, these tourists have been sought by local criminals who hope to benefit from foreign tourists who might not be familiar with the surroundings and very well may suffer from a language disconnect.

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In this case, there are Chinese police officials who stand as a beacon of security – it also helps that the team is reportedly trained by Italian officials and also speak the language.

Millions of visitors can breathe just a wee bit easier when touring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

Italian Home Secretary Angelino Alfano, via La Republicca, states the program, “strengthens the bond between the two countries and is the first of its kind that China concludes with a European country.”

Alfano continues on the duration of the experiment: “The goal of this project is to increase the sense of safety of Chinese tourists come here. In future it will also widen the patrol to other cities.”

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