A suspect is arrested for firecracker smuggling (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – National security and social order have been ensured throughout 2015 despite complicated developments in the regional and world situation, the Ministry of Public Security said at a press conference in Hanoi on December 25.

Deputy Minister of Public Security Dang Van Hieu reported that more than 57,000 crimes were reported this year, of which the police uncovered more than 43,900 cases (77.1 percent), arrested 83,100 suspects and disbanded 2,480 criminal gangs.

The ministry also handled 15,922 economic crimes, 267 hi-tech crimes and over 13,780 violations of environmental laws.

Hundreds of thousands of individuals and units in the sector were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the prevention and fighting against criminals. Twelve police officers died and 263 others were injured in the line of duty during the year.

The Ministry said it will undertake the utmost efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and unification, territorial integrity and the interests of the nation.

It vows to protect the cause of reform, industrialisation and modernisation and the international integration, while ensuring social order and security for socio-economic development of the country.

The sector also aims to foster international cooperation in the new situation.

The 71st national congress of public security forces will take place in Hanoi on December 29 and 30, according to Hieu.-VNA