With the background of the bus hijacking incident in the Philippines not long ago, Beijing Police recently conducted an exercise involving both Special Police and Military Police. The scenario of the exercise was based on an anti-terrorist situation in which “terrorists” occupied a shopping center and took several hostages. Around 400 police officers participated in the exercise. A large amount of special and heavy equipment was deployed during the exercise, such as police helicopters and climbing assault vehicles. According to the Beijing Police spokesman, the purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate the capabilities of the police in handling an ever increasing crime rate and maintaining social stability.
Source: Xinhua, September 23, 2010