STH has confidence in Force in anti-drug
The graduates not only had learned knowledge and skills but also acquired the vision, mission and values of the Force upon their completion of training, Secretary for Transport and Housing (STH), Ms Eva Cheng, said on September 24 when she inspected a passing-out parade at Police College.
The graduates were ready to deliver their services faithfully according to the law, uphold the law of Hong Kong, execute powers and duties without fear or favour, and help achieve the goal of making Hong Kong one of the safest and most secure cities in the world, she added.
Noting that the Force worked closely with the Transport and Housing Bureau on road safety and traffic management, Ms Cheng said: "In view of the surge in arrest cases involving drug driving, we submitted a bill to the Legislative Council in mid-2011 to introduce more stringent control and give Police the necessary enforcement power so as to combat drug driving more effectively. When the new legislation comes into effect, I trust our Police colleagues will enforce it dutifully."
Meanwhile, Ms Cheng pointed out that the rapid development of society had brought about rising expectations of the general public on police officers, adding that any words or actions could easily be "shared" on the Internet amid the free and instant flow of information nowadays.
Citing Confucius teaching, "person of integrity is watchful over himself when he is alone", she reminded the graduates to watch out for their words and deeds while executing duties diligently.
The teaching means the integrity of an individual is subject to the severest test when he is alone as what he says and what he does are free from other people's supervision. A person of high integrity always remains alert even if he is in solitude.
Ms Cheng noted that the public expected that the Force, while enforcing the law strictly, should also take into account the actual circumstances, and follow the principles of lawfulness, fairness and reasonableness.
She encouraged the graduates to form, with the teachings in the Book of Micah of the Bible - "act justly, love mercy and walk humbly"- a yardstick for making judgement.
A total of 30 probationary inspectors and 234 recruit constables were on parade.
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