Vientiane (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City police have handed over professional equipment to Vientiane police to help enhance the capability of the Lao capital’s police in fighting against crimes.

The minutes on the handing-over of the equipment was signed at a ceremony in Vientiane on April 21, which saw head of the Representative Office of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security in Laos Nguyen Van Huyen, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Police Le Dong Phong, Deputy Director of Vientiane Police Khamphone Thepphavong, and local officers.

The handing-over is part of activities to implement the cooperation agreement signed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the Lao Ministry of Security on May 11, 2001; the minutes to extend the agreement for the third time for 2016-2020 inked on December 24, 2015; and the memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two cities’ police forces signed on August 23, 2016.

Addressing the event, Phong said Ho Chi Minh City Police not only provided equipment to help enhance the capacity of the Vientiane Police to fight against crimes, but also organised a two-month training course for six Vientiane officers on how to use the equipment.

Ho Chi Minh City police is willing to support and share experience with their Vientiane counterpart in using the equipment, Phong added.

For his part, Khamphone Thepphavong expressed his thanks to Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, Ho Chi Minh City authorities and police for providing the equipment for Vientiane, contributing to ensuring security and social order in the capital city.-VNA