Force combats crimes amid increasing challenges
|The Force kept
abreast of times while constantly facing new challenges in a rapidly
changing society, the Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, said
on June 16 when he inspected a passing-out parade at Police College.
salute by 32 probationary inspectors and 148 recruit constables
He pointed out that in the past decade, advancing technology had created many opportunities for criminals, and had led to an increase in cross-boundary criminal activities. To rise to those challenges, the Force had launched new strategies and stepped up training for its officers.
"These enhanced efforts have yielded positive results in combatting terrorism, money laundering, technology crimes and drug abuse," he said.
He noted that in 2011, the overall crime rate in Hong Kong was 1 074 per 100 000 people, lower than many large cities such as Tokyo, New York, Toronto and London, thanks to the Force's dedicated effort to fight crime.
Meanwhile, Mr Lee said the numbers of public meetings and public processions were rising in Hong Kong. Last year, there were over 6 800 public meetings and public processions, accounting for a daily average of over 18.
"Most of the public meetings and public processions have been conducted peacefully. However, I understand that it is very difficult and tough for frontline officers to handle the radical behaviour of some participants and that the officers are put under enormous pressure," he added.
Noting that the Force respected the public's rights to express their views, Mr Lee said the Force was committed to facilitating the conduct of lawful and peaceful public meetings and public processions, whilst minimising inconvenience to the general public and road users as well as ensuring public safety and order.
"I would like to stress that the Government will continue giving full support to the Force in making Hong Kong a safe and secure city. Indeed, the display of professionalism and restraint by the Hong Kong Police in handling radical protesters deserves commendation," he added.
Mr Lee went on to say that, to meet public demands and increase transparency of police work, the Force had improved communication with the general public, and the media. This also helped disseminate anti-crime messages and gain public support.
He encouraged the graduates to adhere to fairness and justice in enforcing the law and always put into practice the discipline, knowledge and skills learned from Police College in delivering quality services to the community.
Mr Lee congratulates probationary inspectors on completing their training
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||CSP PPRB (Chairperson)|
|Mrs Peggy CHAU||CIPO PPRB|
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