handles the day-to-day operations of the Police Force through six
regional commands and its Operations and Support Wings.
¡X comprises the Operations Division, the Counter-Terrorism and
Internal Security Division, and the Key Points and Search Division
that includes the Police Dog Unit. Duties include the formulation
and dissemination of relevant Force orders, boundary security, deployment
of resources and liaison with the Hong Kong Garrison.
Police Tactical Unit (PTU)
¡X as well as overseeing the training of PTU Companies and the Special
Duties Unit, PTU Headquarters reviews regularly tactics used in
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau
¡X apart from its bomb disposal work, the Bureau provides training
and oversees storage of ammunition and explosives.
Field Division co-ordinates policy matters relating
to firearms, equipment, uniforms and operational procedures.
General Division handles policy matters relating
to station procedures, the security and management of the Police
Headquarters complex, and other diverse duties.
Transport Division procures, allocates, maintains
and manages the Police vehicle fleet.
Force Data and Access to Information Co-ordination Unit
ensures Force's compliance with the provisions of the Personal Data
(Privacy) Ordinance and the Code on Access to Information.
Police Licensing Office acts as the authority
to issue different kinds of licences and permits.
Police Public Relations Branch
Community Relations Bureau maintains close ties
with the public, organises anti-crime publicity through the media
and community events, and promotes Police and youth activities.
Information and Publicity Bureau provides a 24-hour
newsroom and other services for the media, and runs Police publicity
Traffic Branch Headquarters
¡X formulates and disseminates traffic enforcement policies, processes
traffic summonses and fixed penalty tickets, monitors changes in
legislations, develops and evaluates traffic management schemes,
and co-ordinates the Force's road safety efforts. It also oversees
Traffic Wardens. It has three bureaux: Traffic Management Bureau,
Central Traffic Prosecutions Bureau and Administration Bureau.
is handled through six regional commands. An Assistant Commissioner
heads each of the Regions, which are divided into Districts and
Divisions and in a few cases, Sub-Divisions. Currently there are
23 Police Districts.
Each of the
five land Regions has a Headquarters with a dedicated Command and
Control Centre, Emergency Unit, company of PTU, and Crime and Traffic
Regional Command and Control Centre (RCCC)
¡X is the nerve centre that effectively controls resources at both
regional and district levels, and acts as the conduit for operational
communications with Headquarters and other agencies. More significantly,
it provides the public with an instant response to 999 emergency
calls for help.
Emergency Unit (EU)
¡X provides a rapid response to emergency situations, including
999 calls, and a speedy additional presence of uniformed Police
on the streets to combat crime through operation of mobile patrols
within their respective Districts. EU comprises a headquarters element
and four platoons, each with about 70 officers operating 12 patrol
cars on a three-shift basis.
Police Tactical Unit Company
¡X provides a ready reserve to deal with threats to internal security
situations and natural disasters, but is routinely used on a daily
basis to supplement District resources in tackling crime.
¡X investigates serious and inter-district crimes. In addition,
it collects, collates and evaluates intelligence on criminals and
criminal activities within the Region.
¡X is responsible for traffic control and enforcement of traffic
legislations and regulations; investigation of traffic accidents;
promotion of road safety; and implementing Force and regional traffic
The role of
the Marine Police is to maintain the integrity of the sea boundaries
and regional waters of the HKSAR. It is responsible for enforcing
the laws of Hong Kong in regional waters; preventing smuggling and
illegal immigration by sea; search and rescue in Hong Kong and adjacent
waters; and casualty evacuation.
Region comprises a Regional Headquarters and two Districts. With
a fleet of 147 vessels ¡X 71 launches and 76 small craft ¡X the Region
polices 1 850 sq km of Hong Kong waters and some 240 outlying islands.
¡X oversees the Regional Crime Units in investigating crimes and
syndicated illegal immigration activities by sea; the RCCC; Logistics
Unit; Range, Weapons and Tactics Unit; and the Small Boat Division.
¡X is responsible for general administration, personnel and establishment
¡X is responsible for the management of launch acquisition programmes;
training and assessment of Marine Police personnel in the areas
of navigation, seamanship, engineering and safety; and the selection
and acquisition of specialist equipment.
Crime and Security Department
is responsible for Force policy and the overall direction of all
matters pertaining to crime and security.
Organised Crime and Triad Bureau (OCTB)
investigates complex organised crime and serious triad offences.
Criminal Intelligence Bureau studies
criminal activities, societies, organised and serious crime to gather
evidence for enforcement action mainly by the OCTB and Regional
Commercial Crime Bureau investigates
serious and complex commercial fraud, counterfeiting and computer
Narcotics Bureau collects intelligence
in relation to the import, manufacture and distribution of dangerous
drugs. The Bureau takes direct enforcement action against criminals
operating within the HKSAR and works closely with Mainland and overseas
agencies to contain the activities of Hong Kong-connected syndicates
operating in other jurisdictions.
Criminal Records Bureau maintains
databases on convicted criminals, wanted persons, suspects, missing
persons, stolen property, outstanding warrants and missing vehicles.
Forensic Firearms Examination Bureau
evaluates arms and ammunition and tests bullet-resistant outfits
in addition to its forensic duties.
Identification Bureau tests for fingerprints,
takes crime-scene photographs, and maintains an electronic retrieval
Liaison Bureau is responsible for
co-ordinating all police-related enquiries from other law enforcement
agencies and local consulate officials and acts as the Force's main
contact point with other law enforcement agencies on police-related
Child Protection Policy Unit formulates
policy and other matters pertaining to child abuse and domestic
violence. In addition, this unit also covers policy matters in relation
to sexual violence, abuse of the elderly, juvenile crime and child
¡X provides VIP protection and security co-ordination, including
Personnel and Training Department
Personnel Management Branch
Career Management Group deals with performance
management, career development, postings, increments, advancements,
promotions and all disciplinary matters.
Recruitment Group handles all aspects of recruitment
policies and arrangements.
Staff Relations and Conditions of Service Branch
Staff Relations Group consults with staff associations,
deals with morale-related matters and provides guidance on harmonious
Conditions of Service and Support Group deals
with retirement, resignation, awards and commendations, and overall
conditions of service.
Personnel Services Branch
Administration and Support Group handles departmental
quarters, Police Children's Education Trusts, Police Welfare Fund,
group insurance plans, Police souvenir shop, staff purchase scheme
and other major welfare projects.
Catering, Clubs, Sports and Recreation Group looks
after catering, sports and recreation, the Police Sports and Recreation
Club and the Police Officers' Club.
Welfare Services Group provides welfare services
at Regional level as well as resettlement services.
Psychological Services Group provides professional
counselling and educational services to Police officers and their
all training apart from internal security and Marine Police training.
In-Service Training Bureau
¡X Provides developmental and vocational training including command
and management, firearms and tactics, Police driving, criminal investigation,
information technology and training for Auxiliary Police.
Police Training School
¡X Provides basic training for recruit Constables and Inspectors,
as well as detective training for serving officers.
Training Development Bureau
¡X Reviews all training materials and trains officers to become
Management Services Department
Information Systems Wing
¡X assesses current and future communications needs of the Force,
and plans, designs, procures and maintains all such equipment. The
branch also trains officers in their use.
Information Technology Branch
¡X plans, develops, implements and maintains information systems
within the Force, providing computer facilities as required and
manning a 24-hour help desk.
Service Quality Wing
Performance Review Branch
¡X ensures implementation of the service quality strategy that aims
to promote efficiency and continuous improvement through development
of quality management initiatives and customer-oriented culture.
Research and Inspections Branch
Inspection Bureau conducts reviews and inspections
of Police activities at the request of programme managers or when
directed by the Commissioner. It also monitors inspections carried
out by formation commanders to ensure Force standards are maintained
and policy directives are observed.
Research Division keeps track on developments
in inspection and managerial techniques by maintaining links with
both regional and international organisations that perform similar
functions to the Force.
Complaints and Internal Investigations Branch
¡X investigates complaints against Police officers and civilian
staff working in the Force.
Finance, Administration and Planning
¡X manages and controls all financial matters and co-ordinates bids
for Force resources.
Internal Audit Division
¡X provides independent appraisals of Force activities, and ensures
financial and accounting procedures are properly followed.
Stores Management Division
¡X procures, supplies, stores and issues uniforms, arms, ammunition,
communications equipment and office needs.
Personnel and General Division
¡X looks after the Force's civilian staff, including training, appointments,
promotions, appraisals and conditions of service. It also distributes
Headquarters Orders and manages the Police Museum and the Force
Establishment and Civilian Staff Relations Division
¡X determines the creation/deletion of permanent and supernumerary
posts and temporary redeployment of posts for operational needs.
In addition, it promotes good relations among civilian staff.
Planning and Development Branch
¡X determines long-term manpower and new building requirements based
on population growth and infrastructure development, plans and oversees
development of all new Police buildings, and organises maintenance
programmes for all existing buildings.