TBHQ bent on enhancing traffic officers' professionalism
Traffic Branch Headquarters (TBHQ) held a ceremony on March 15 to appoint trainers for a new Traffic Training Team (TTT) formed to standardise training in use of traffic enforcement equipment Force-wide. Coordinated by TBHQ, the TTT is a major project under Support Wing's Strategic Action Plan for Supporting Frontline Units aiming at enhancing the professionalism of frontline traffic officers.
Assistant Commissioner (Support) Chiu Wai-yin attended the appointment ceremony and stressed that the volunteer trainers had an important role to play with their expertise.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Chief Superintendent (Traffic) Stephen Verralls said: "The equipment being used by traffic officers is becoming increasingly technologically advanced at a time when we are facing more challenges in court in respect of accuracy and use of our equipment. It is no longer sufficient to say in court that a piece of equipment is functioning and being used properly. The Traffic Training Team will offer our frontline traffic officers professional and standardised training."
The coordinator of the TTT, Superintendent (Administration Traffic) Steve Baker added: "In support of this training initiative, we have invited overseas experts to provide training in laser guns, road management and drug driving in Hong Kong and we have sent officers to receive enforcement training in the UK, Canada, USA and Australia."
Each trainer is a volunteer selected by their Senior Superintendent (Traffic) for being capable of playing the related roles. Among the some 1 700 traffic officers in the Force, only 70 have been chosen as members of the TTT. The trainers will themselves receive training in instruction skills as well as refresher training related to their expertise.
The Traffic Training Team has made a good start with 70 volunteers poised to share their expertise with their colleagues
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