A total of 308 police officers and 179 auxiliary police officers across the country died while on duty last year, said Li Bei, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Public Security, on Monday.
Another 4,334 police officers and 3,470 auxiliary police officers were injured in the line of duty last year, she said.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, more than 3,900 police officers have died while on duty, and about 200 of them have been named martyrs, according to the ministry.
With the approach of Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, which falls on Wednesday this year, the ministry has deployed local public security organs in advance to carry out memorial activities during the day, she said.
Li said that these activities aim to mourn all the public security heroes who have paid with their precious lives for the people's public security and to extend sincere sympathy and high respect to their relatives.
Thematic campaigns will be carried out to create a strong atmosphere of advocating heroes, learning from heroes and striving to be heroes, and encouraging all police to forge ahead on a new journey and make contributions in a new era, she said.