What It Takes to Be a Traffic Policewoman in Pyongyang

      September 27, 2011 12:38

      A North Korean policewoman stands in a thoroughfare in Pyongyang.

      To become a traffic policewoman in Pyongyang, candidates need to be single, between 16 and 26, pretty, at least 165 cm tall, and have at least high school diploma, Chinese media reported Saturday.

      One Chinese paper claimed Pyongyang’s beautiful female traffic police are “known globally” for their efficient smoothing of the traffic flow on major roads in Pyongyang. They are dressed in a blue uniform and hat to be easily noticeable. In winter they wear fur collars and in summer a white shirt.

      Traffic police wave white batons at night because a shortage of electricity forces the country to turn off the street lights at night.

      There are some 50 traffic watchtowers on major roads in Pyongyang for hand signaling, and about six female officers are assigned to each post. They work in shifts from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., or about three hours per shift.

      As part of their compensation, the North Korean regime gives them special treatment by letting them choose where they wish to work or pursue further studies after six to seven years of service.

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