Wisdom of Stories
Storytelling is one of the best ways to share and acquire new knowledge. Through real-life stories full of hidden wisdom and valuable experiences, individuals are able to find solutions to problems. Most importantly, stories could open one's heart with resonance and provide everyday life insight.
Yung Shu Tau Culture
In late 2010, the Force Knowledge Management (KM) Champion, Assistant Commissioner Lau Chi-wai, kicked off the new KM project on storytelling with an article in OffBeat, in which she pointed out that police officers nowadays ought to equip themselves with sound knowledge in order to boost the professionalism and efficiency of the Force as a whole and to meet the growing aspirations of the general public. Storytelling is one of the powerful tools to enrich one's knowledge and enhance the professionalism of officers in an ever-changing environment. Whilst the "Yung Shu Tau" in Yau Ma Tei is renowned as a historical landmark for storytelling, KM - Storytelling was therefore named after "Yung Shu Tau" with the goals of building a new storytelling culture within the Force and encouraging Force members to share their experiences and knowledge.
Growth of Yung Shu Tau
Since its establishment, the "Police Yung Shu Tau" has launched a number of storytelling programmes to retain useful experiences and knowledge. Thanks to the efforts of KM Ambassadors (KMA) and the support from Chief Superintendent Ma Chi-kin, a short film called "CID" was produced and promulgated Force-wide. The film successfully drove home the professionalism of crime officers, especially the challenges faced everyday and the perseverance and determination required for cracking a serious crime.
Last year, another short film, "WTO File", was produced to introduce the practical experience and knowledge in planning and executing an unprecedented public order event - 2005 World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong. The film also depicted the hardship and pride of frontline officers. On top of short film production, the "Police Yung Shu Tau" also records and publishes inspiring real-life stories of individual officers regularly with a view to retaining and sharing the unique stories within the Force.
Telling Stories under Yung Shu Tau
On March 5, all KMAs of the "Police Yung Shu Tau" gathered in New Territories South Regional Headquarters for a storytelling workshop to review and discuss the way forward. Force Training Officer Law Chun-hung, who was on pre-retirement leave, was on hand to share the techniques of storytelling and introduce the most important storytelling skills with the illustration of short stories, enlightening the KMAs on how to bring out the essential messages in a story and apply the skills in daily work.
Development of Unique Story
In the workshop, Ms Lau pointed out that the new storytelling culture had just taken root within the Force. To keep pace with fast-moving information technology, the "Police Yung Shu Tau" will continue to explore new platforms for Force members to tell their remarkable stories, and for the culture to flourish. "Police Yung Shu Tau" will also continue to dig out police stories and produce short films to retain experience and knowledge for Force members. In the near future, "Police Yung Shu Tau", in partnership with Support Wing, will plan to produce a short film on "Care for Animals" for the Force.