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Saigon Opens ‘Smile School’ for Traffic Police

Saigon’s traffic police just underwent rigorous training sessions to help them gain knowledge on "cultural behavior and moral behavior of traffic police officers" while on duty. The program, chaired by Professor Dr. Vu Gia Hien, a social psychologist at the Ho Chi Minh City Education Psychology Association, took place from April 8-15.

The goal of the program was to build a good image of traffic police officers who have, at times, not been particularly friendly when pulling over drivers. According to Dr. Hien, surveyed police officers rarely smiled or said sorry to people before imposing administrative sanctions. Additionally, Dr. Hien said images and films of rude police officers have been uploaded to the internet, creating a negative image for the force. 

"The purpose of traffic police officers is to educate and diffuse the law to people to help them understand the law, not violate traffic laws ... not to punish them. Policemen on duty must always smile, say sorry to people before announcing the offense and sanction," Hien told VietnamNet.

Colonel Tran Thanh Tra, Head PC67, HCMC Police said: "The purpose of this training course is geared to build the image of beautiful police officers and soldiers, that is, when treatment violations, to greet first, sorry people, followed by the announcement of the violations, explained, courtesy of the offense to which people understand and obey. "

Think this program made a difference?

[Vietnamnet]

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