China’s Legal Evening News had a detailed report on Chaoyang Qun Zhong (朝阳群众), a well-known group of police’s informants in Chaoyang District in Beijing.
The Chinese netizens called the group the “world’s fifth ace intelligence organization.” It was formed many years ago. In 1974, informants from this group helped the police arrest six spies in Beijing.
Chaoyang District has about 3.84 million residents. The Chaoyang Qun Zhong group claims to have about 190,000 participants, with over 130,000 registered using their real names. The average number is about 277 per square kilometer. Active members are around 60,000. They provide over 20,000 tips to the police every month.
For example, the Huayanbeili West Neighborhood has 7,000 residents. Nearly 1,000 participate in the voluntary patrol or watch.
The Chaoyang District government pays these activists 300 to 500 yuan (US$50–$80) per month. If any volunteer has an accident during security duty, he can receive up to 1.2 million yuan (US$180,000) in insurance payments and several hundred thousand yuan in financial subsidies from the district’s security funds.
These informants are all over Beijing, totaling over 850,000 volunteers.
Source: Legal Evening News, September 22, 2017