Four deputy directors of Hubei, Shandong, Henan, and Inner Mongolia’s public security departments have lost their current positions. All were transferred to different positions outside the policing body.
Accordingly, Yu Pinghui, deputy director of the Hubei Provincial Public Security Department, stepped down on March 18, 2022. He was later appointed as the deputy director of the Hubei Provincial Sports Bureau.
Simultaneously, the Shandong Provincial People’s Government removed Ding Guanyong as executive deputy director of the Shandong Provincial Public Security Department on March 19.
Ding was transferred to the deputy director of the provincial emergency department.
Ten days later, Fan Yulong, deputy director of the Henan Provincial Public Security Department, was dismissed on March 29.
Fan later took the position as the Henan Provincial Department of Veteran Affairs deputy director.
The list of demoted officials also named Mao Baofeng, deputy director of the Inner Mongolia Public Security Department.
Mao was later appointed as Deputy Director of the Market Supervision and Administration Bureau of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
He has been the third deputy director of the Inner Mongolia Market Supervision and Administration Bureau, demoted from the position.
Public Security departments in China have the same role as police departments in the U.S. or Western countries.
China’s political and legal system has witnessed several personnel changes in the past two years.
According to Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan, more than 178,000 judicial officials and police officers have been investigated and sanctioned from February to July 2021. Among the cases, 195 officials at the bureau level have received punishments.