Vietnam bans police from wearing shades, smoking

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Posted: May 30, 2011 5:22 AM
Vietnam bans police from wearing shades, smoking

Vietnam has banned police from wearing dark sunglasses, smoking, drinking alcohol and making personal calls on mobile phones while on duty after a widely viewed undercover video sparked outrage.

Under the order introduced last week by the Ministry of Public Security, police are also prohibited from chatting and reading books and newspapers while working.

The order, reported in the Tuoi Tre newspaper over the weekend, follows the online posting of a video clip showing a traffic officer clad in dark glasses, puffing on a cigarette and accepting bribes.

Some of the actions covered by the order were already prohibited, but the new regulations are more sweeping.