In response to burglary cases suspected to be committed by illegal immigrants hiding in the nearby hillsides, Tsuen Wan District (TWDIST), in conjunction with the Police Tactical Unit (PTU), the Police Dog Unit, the Immigration Department, the Mountain Search and Rescue Company of the Civil Aid Service (CAS) and the Government Flying Service (GFS), mounted Operation CHAMPION in the District on January 28.
To assist search teams to cover the dense vegetation along the route between Chuen Lung and Tso Kung Tam, a GFS helicopter provided aerial support, directing officers through the difficult terrain, while the CAS’s Mountain Search and Rescue Company provided technical assistance, enabling officers to reach the rugged areas safely and effectively. Meanwhile, officers from the PTU, supported by District crime units, Special Duties Squads and Immigration Officers, conducted surprise checks on locations in the town area suspected to be employing illegal workers.
Chief Inspector (Auxiliary) Pang Hon-wai, who coordinated the ground operation from the helicopter, said he was grateful for the trust and recognition from TWDIST management in assigning him a key role in this operation. He believes that the increasing variety of duties being offered to auxiliary officers in TWDIST would undoubtedly forge a closer partnership with their regular counterparts.
TWDIST Commander Kerry Carew commented that the joint operation demonstrated the benefits of “Project REFRAME”, which encourages officers to adopt innovative policing strategies to meet new challenges in the District. He added that the experience gained from this operation had enhanced the District’s collaboration with other government departments in fighting crime together.
Please visit the following link to watch a video of Operation CHAMPION :（https://fb.watch/3U42p1kTsA/）.