Exhibition recalls glory, achievements of Police Cadet School
The former Police Cadet School, which turned out over 4 200 cadets between 1973 and 1990, with over 90 per cent of them subsequently joining the Force, will mark its 40th anniversary next year. One of the commemorative activities is a yearlong exhibition jointly organised by the Force Curator, Doctor Lam Kam-yuen, and the Police Cadet School 40th Anniversary Working Committee.
The exhibition was open to visitors at Police Museum on May 22, following an opening ceremony the day earlier. Officiating at the ceremony were Director of Personnel and Training Ma Wai-luk, Police College Director Cheng Se-lim, and four former Deputy Commandants of the school, Mr Tsui Yiu-kwong, Mr Denis Cunningham, Mr J A Elms and Mr Lam Kin.
Speaking of his association with the cadet school in his speech, Mr Ma said he attended the last passing-out parade of Course No. 30 cadets at Fan Gardens as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor. Mr Ma pointed out that the Force recognised the contributions the school had made to both the Force and the community, adding that he appreciated the efforts of the former School Commandant, Paddy Birney, Deputy Commandants and staff to groom the cadets into responsible citizens for serving society.
Mr Ma went on to say that the former cadets had attained remarkable achievements in the Force, other disciplined services and at different sectors of society. He encouraged every cadet to live up to the school's motto of "Wisdom, Bravery, Sincerity and Fortitude" and continue to serve the community.
Following Mr Ma's speech, Mr Tsui said the former Deputy Commandants' present at the ceremony represented different phases of the cadet school, namely establishment, development, extension and consolidation. He added that the school was not only a training ground for recruits of the Force or other disciplined services, but also a conviction to develop the unique potentials of the youth. To meet society's demand for more resources to help the youth develop better, it might be time for considering re-establishing the school, he suggested.
After the speeches, Mr Ma and Mr Cheng joined the former Deputy Commandants and cadets in singing the cadet school song to reminisce about its history.
Titled "In Strive for Wisdom, Bravery, Sincerity and Fortitude: Reminiscing the Day Together in Police Cadet School", the exhibition showcases the glorious history of the school and the tough training and school life of the cadets, and displays a large collection of items, including entry agreement, cadet card, uniforms, kits, cups and awards.
A happy reunion with former Police Cadet School Deputy Commandants for Mr Ma and Mr Cheng
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