Research culture taking root within Force
The 2nd Force Research Award Scheme (FRAS) has been successfully completed, and Police College has extended its heartfelt congratulation to all awardees, whose winning papers have been uploaded to the FRAS Website.
With a view to encourage Force members to apply systematic research in policing and continue developing the Force's research capability, Police College launched the 1st FRAS in May 2008. Following the scheme's tremendous success, the college held the 2nd FRAS in June 2010. The 2nd FRAS Award Presentation Ceremony took place on September 14, 2011.
Speaking at the Award Presentation Ceremony as an officiating guest, Deputy Commissioner (Management) Lee Ka-chiu stressed that as Hong Kong is moving towards a knowledge-based economy, knowledge and innovation are two major areas that Force members should devote their efforts to if they want to succeed.
He pointed out that in face of an ever-changing environment, the Force should strengthen decision-making in policing by, on one hand, equipping officers with abundant knowledge, and on the other hand, capitalising on the findings of evidence-based policing research. For this end, Mr Lee agreed that policing research through scientific methodologies and implementation of FRAS are the right tracks to follow. "Enhancing research capability requires the participation of all members of the Force," he noted.
Mr Lee went on to say that as Chinese is increasingly used in daily routine, the Best Chinese Writing Award, introduced for the 2nd FRAS, was an initiative he fully supported.
Commenting on the response to the 2nd FRAS, Police College Deputy Director and Chairperson of the 2nd FRAS Working Group, Mr Gavin Brown, said: "Like the 1st FRAS, the Working Group received high quality, original, clearly expressed and empirically based submissions covering an impressively wide spectrum of policing topics such as operational police work, human resource management and strategic management. It is very encouraging to see such a wide range of topics, which also show Force members' enthusiasm and the growth of a research culture within the Force."
"The participation of our Honorary College Advisors and Associates as adjudicators, who took time out from their busy schedules to mark papers and adjudicate at the Best Presentation Award final, contributed significantly to the overall success of the event, as did our use of 'Turnitin' to guard against plagiarism and 'FACETS' to moderate the scores given by different adjudicators, which ensured the competition was conducted fairly and transparently," Mr Brown added.
In response, Woman Police Constable Leung Ka-miu, one of the awardees in the Individual Officer Category, said FRAS enabled her to contribute to enhancing Force development through her research on human resource management. An awardee of the Best Presentation Award, Woman Senior Inspector Lam Yuen-kwan, said it was an "extra-ordinary and precious experience" for her to present a Force-related research topic in front of senior officers and a large audience. She added that she hoped her research and presentation on Physical Fitness and Health Management would benefit the Force.
Police College hopes Force members would actively participate in the 3rd FRAS, which has been tentatively scheduled for 2013.
For more information of the FRAS, visit the FRAS Website at http://point.hpf.gov.hk:8088/bbs/training/college/fras/index.htm (POINT > Formation Sites > Police College > FRAS)
Mr Lee and Police College Honorary Advisors and Associates congratulate the winners on their accomplishment in the 2nd FRAS
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