Hanoi’s traffic police on trial

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Pot-bellied, short or abusive traffic policemen will be barred from street working in Vietnam’s capital and assigned desk jobs as Hanoi police try to clean up their unsavoury image.

The city’s traffic police are following the worst offenders closely and compiling lists of those to be reassigned. All police on traffic duty will have to carry a code of conduct to remind them how to behave, the official Tien Phong newspaper said.

“Little officers, or those with too big a belly will be moved to work in offices instead of guiding traffic and settling violations,” Colonel Dao Vinh Thang, head of Hanoi Traffic Police Department, was quoted as saying.