With less than a year to go the Chinese government is doing everything they can to make Beijing the most hospitable place on earth. They've asked their citizens to stop spitting, and they're trying to make the city's air, well, breathable. Now they're on to reforming police behavior. Slack behavior is the target. Shooting the breeze and smoking while on shift are out. Proper monitoring and attentiveness is in.
Members of the public are being encouraged to report officers they see smoking, eating, or chatting on duty -- all of which are regarded as "harmful to the image of the police," the newspaper said.
Patrolmen will also be monitored on how they respond to requests for help from the public, along with the proper wearing of uniforms and badges, it said. The campaign will be focused on patrolmen in the six cities, including Beijing, that will host Olympic events.
All of the reforms are part of a large scale social re-engineering. The government feels that anything less than outstanding behavior by anybody will reflect poorly on the country as a whole. They're trying to change everyone, including the city's taxi drivers. They're being asked to learn English and stop sleeping in their cars. But more importantly, they're being asked to stop eating food with garlic. That's right - garlic is what will give China a bad name.
All of China's efforts will likely make for some reform, if for nothing else the 17 days that the world will be watching. But the garlic? That may be their biggest foe.