'One Force, One Caring Culture'
Passion for Police workInspector (IP) Chan Sze-ki loves police work. Joining the Force as Police Constable in 1983, he took only four years to get promoted to Inspector, thanks to his fighting spirit. Yet, a shootout with gangsters changed his life.
Cracking major cases
On April 24, 1992, IP Chan took part in an operation against gangsters in Tai Kok Tsui. When he was trying to subdue a gangster, another gangster shot him at close range, inflicting serious injuries to his head. For many years, he was in and out of hospital for high-risk operations, and after each operation he returned to work. Having cracked many major cases, he was subsequently known as a "Taste-deprived Detective".
IP Chan's driving force came from his sense of righteousness and his belief he is "a CID Officer by Birth". His colleagues are impressed with his conscientiousness to duties, diligence, forward outlook, and fighting spirit. He earned Commanding Officer's Commendations from Formation Commanders in 1996 and 2001, and a Governor's commendation for bravery in 1997.
Gunshot trauma and lung cancer
IP Chan has to deal with post-recovery syndrome. The bullet pierced the soft tissue between his skull and nasal bone. The damage to his cranial nerve cells affected his bladder function and memory and cost him the sense of taste. Serious health problems have brought him enormous pressure. Nevertheless, thanks to his strong willpower as well as Chinese and Western medicines, his health gradually stabilised.
Unfortunately, in March this year, an endoscopy in hospital showed IP Chan is suffering from lung cancer. Just like fighting gangsters, he is courageously fighting with the disease and is receiving treatment on the Mainland. After two months' treatment, his health condition showed signs of improvement, and he is prepared to stay on the Mainland for more treatment.
Heavy medical expenses
The cost of his treatment in a private hospital on the Mainland is beyond IP Chan's means. He is the sole breadwinner for his wife, daughter who is studying in the UK, and aged parents. Medical expenses have drained his savings, leaving him in a dire financial situation.
The Force is concerned about IP Chan's health and difficulties. The Welfare Services Group of Personnel Services and Staff Relations (PS&SR) Branch maintains close contact with IP Chan and his wife on the progress of treatment and has provided support and a welfare grant as a token of care from the Force.
The PS&SR Branch has obtained approval to conduct a donation drive in an effort to alleviate IP Chan's financial hardship arising from his cancer treatment. The donation drive will last for one month and donation will be conducted at the PHM Carnival scheduled for May 27.
The PS&SR Branch is appealing to Formation Commanders to encourage their officers to support the donation drive. Donations collected should be sent to Kowloon Welfare Office for the attention of Force Welfare Officer (Kowloon) with a cross cheque payable to "Mr Chan Sze-ki".
For enquiry, contact FWO (Kln) Fung Chit-ming on 2150-7988, or AFWO (Kln 3) Ng Yuet-wah on 2304-1402.
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