EMERGENCY NUMBER MERGER

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(0126 CR M12)EMERGENCY NUMBER MERGER DATELINE: Jan. 26, 2011 LENGTH: 00:01:12 FILE VO If an emergency happened, would you be calm enough to remember three numbers for different incidents? To help those who would say "no", the Ministry of Public Security is planning to merge three numbers into one. Under the new policy, people can call 110 to report a crime, traffic accident or fire. The change will bring the emergency-reporting system more into line with practices in other countries. In Britain and the United States, there is only one emergency number. Experts believe this move will not only help save time and resources for the police, but also provide more convenience for the public. The ministry says, by the end of December last year, police departments in at least 2,000 counties and 294 cities had undertaken the integration project. However, experts pointed out that the ministry might face difficulties in carrying out the new policy at the national level. It is believe Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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