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Fair cop

Beautiful girls in fast cars upholding the law. It may sound a bit like Charlie’s Angels but it’s actually a new initiative from the government of Xichang City in Sichuan province, where local traffic police have enlisted attractive female cops to patrol the streets in sports cars.

The photogenic policewomen drive Peugeot 308CC roadsters, reports the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald, leading netizens to question whether the Rmb344,000 cars are a proper use of public funds.

But the head of the traffic police brigade, Li Jun, said the decision to launch a female squad had two goals: first, to reduce traffic violations and second, to promote Xichang as a “tourist city”. Sports cars were settled on when it was decided they were more cost-effective than the original idea – mounting them on horses. But as one member of the force told the newspaper, the assignment wasn’t as glamorous as it looked: “In Xichang the temperature goes from 10 degrees in the morning to 30 degrees in the afternoon, so when we are patrolling in an open-top vehicle, we feel cold in the morning, but in the afternoon the sun is intolerable.”


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