Every year leading up to Spring Festival is considered the rush season for Shanghai's law enforcement units, who must guide the mass exodus of 9.8 million migrant workers as well as guard over the nearly empty city while they are away. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team from Jing'an Public Security Bureau recently held an open day for media to offer the public a glimpse into the life of these unsung heroes, who miss out on celebrating Chinese New Year with their families to keep the city safe and secure over the holiday season.
Founded in 2006, the Jing'an Public Security Bureau SWAT team has 75 officers with an average age of 33. They were dispatched to Sichuan Province following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. They provided round-the-clock security service during the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, stood by during the 2014 Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and were on hand for the G20 summit this September.
Every night, team members on duty sleep with their uniforms on in their duty room. Upon receiving a distress call, the officers leap out of their cots, grab their gear and jump in the SWAT van. All this must happen within 3 minutes.
Wang Yiming is the youngest officer of Jing'an SWAT team. He joined in 2014 and over the past couple of years has been involved in many important tasks, from guarding political leaders to providing surveillance at long-distance bus stations during last autumn's G20 summit.Wang recently won first price in obstacle surmounting in a competition between 60 SWAT members from the city. It took him only 93 seconds to complete a dozen different physical tasks - climbing a 10-meter-long rope without using his legs, cable drop, turning over a 50-kg tire (pictured below) five times - before reaching the finishing line.
Before being recruited, Wang was a professional wrestler and majored in sports at a university in Anhui Province. After graduation he had the chance to pursue professional athletics but instead chose to come to Shanghai to train for SWAT, a career he deeply respected.