The athletic capabilities of Vietnamese police are not in doubt. Last July we brought you video of the gravity-defying Vietnam Mobile Police Swat team using bamboo poles to walk their way up the outside of buildings in Hanoi.
Not to be outdone, this video of Vietnamese police in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) demonstrating the “fist of steel” capabilities of members of a special a Task-Force Squad announced last year.
In the four-minute-long video the Vietnamese police display five scenarios using martial arts to disarm and subdue criminals not unlike scenes from a Hollywood movie.
In the first scenario a routine stop and search sees the unarmed Vietnamese police man tackle an opponent with a knife pulled from a bag. The knife is soon wrestled away and martial arts blows are traded before the ‘perp’ is subdued with a flying scissor take-down.
In the second scenario a lone Vietnamese police officer confronts two suspects, one armed with a pole and a knife and the other armed with a large knife. After some deft hand and footwork these two ‘law breakers’ are also swiftly dealt with.
In scenario three the solo Vietnamese police officer is given a fighting chance as he confronts three ‘thugs’ armed with sticks and bamboo poles. Armed with a trusty side-handle baton, dazzling hand and foot moves, together with effective use of the T-baton, see good triumph over evil to the delight of the off-camera audience.
In the fourth scenario a lone Vietnam police man launches himself into a group of four ‘offenders’ armed with canes and sticks, kicking one in the chest on landing. One by one the four ‘hoodlums’ are dealt with, the solo cop demonstrating his dexterity with two poles as weapons against the ‘gangsters’.
The best is always at the end and in these drills it is no exception. Two unarmed Vietnamese motorcycle patrol cops pull over three men on a motorbike. They are quickly set upon by six ‘thugs’ armed with steel poles and knives.
Demonstrating outstanding acrobatics and martial arts skills and fighting back-to-back the two Vietnamese police soon have the six ‘thugs’ subdued.
On January 25, 2017, Dinh La Thang, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Party Committee, announced the establishment of a the squad, which he said will serve as an “iron fist” to fight crime operating in the southern city under the command of the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Social Crime Division (PC 45).
In 2016 criminal cases fell by 13.31 per cent compared to 2015, with a sharp drop in the number of offences relating to property losses. Responding to resolved cases sitting at about 70 per cent, Mr Dinh described the local criminal situation as complex.
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