The Force has set up a dedicated team, the Railway Response Team (RRT), in the wake of an increase in terrorist attacks on railway systems across the world. The RRT came into operation on December 23 to strengthen the Force's counter-terrorism preparedness and make immediate intervention in terrorist attacks and other major incidents on the railway system.
Under the establishment of Railway District (RAILDIST), the RRT comprises 34 officers and comes under the supervision of Chief Inspector (Operations) of RAILDIST. Stationed at the Kowloon East Operational Base, the RRT is responsible for patrolling in RAILDIST and maintaining a high-profile police presence at high-risk and major interchange stations.
To select high-calibre officers for the RRT, a selection exercise was held jointly with the Special Duties Unit at Police Tactical Unit Headquarters on September 15. Candidates from different Formations were tested in physical fitness, leadership, self-reliance and perseverance. The selected officers attended a six-week basic training course and a two-week Railway Familiarisation Programme.
RRT members are familiar with the unique work environment of the rail network and are equipped with sophisticated equipment. They possess the expertise and skills to carry out counter-terrorism work professionally and effectively, and to enhance the inter-operability of police units, emergency service organisations and MTR Corporation. The RRT works closely with other police units to maintain public safety in RAILDIST.