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Fixed Penalty Tickets

DEAR SIR,

@@I refer to your letter concerning an article from a reader who suggested to insert a blank page (that is, a fourth copy) to the existing triplicate copies of the Pol. 525 and Pol. 570 Fix-Penalty-Tickets for the purpose of making notes. The author also put forward the same issue to the Police Staff Suggestions Scheme.

The content, layout and format of the Pol. 525 and Pol. 570 FPTs are prescribed in law and provide relevant details of the traffic contravention and offence to be recorded by the enforcement officer. After having issued the ticket, the enforcement officer shall, in accordance with paragraph 8 of Chapter 53-03 (Police Notebooks) of FPM, make original entries in his notebook of the incident at the time to which it relates or as soon as practicable thereafter while the facts are still fresh in his memory. This requirement not only provides a valuable evidential tool, but can also protect an officer from false or malicious complaints made against him. The insertion of an additional blank page to each ticket may make the booklet more bulky and clumsy to be carried.

While I appreciate the author's suggestion, I should be most grateful if you would publish my comment in the letters column of OFFBEAT and advise him that his suggestion is not feasible and the practice of making notes on a piece of paper or at the back of the duplicate or triplicate copy of the ticket and transcribing them thereafter into the notebook should cease forthwith.

Hou Koon-wing, for CSP Traffic


"Colours Party" should not discriminate

DEAR SIR,

@@I have recently seen a circular asking for nominations for a "Colours Party" to be deployed during the handover ceremonies. Whilst I can appreciate the need for the participants of the said party to be smart and of a similar height for appearances sake, I cannot see the justification for three of the criteria which have been adopted.

These are: Sex - Only male officers are to be used. This will do little for the morale of female officers who are playing an increasingly greater and more equal part in the Force. If female officers are required to carry firearms and join PTU training then why are they considered unsuitable to join a colours party? Surely it can't be just that a skirt does not match the "uniform" appearance of other (male) officers wearing trousers. If that is the case then why not have a colours party composed entirely of female officers?

Rank - Only IP/SIP are to be used. From a distance all officers will have a similar appearance in uniform so this can not be a valid excuse to limit participants by rank. Everyone knows from parades at PTU and PTS that the best and smartest "Marchers" are JPOs anyway.

Race - Only local officers are to be used. The colour of one's skin cannot be a justifiable excuse to create a "uniform" appearance. This does not reflect the true nature of the racial composition of the Force nor that of Hong Kong. We live in a cosmopolitan city and our multi-racial Police Force should be an advertisement for Hong Kong, not something to be hidden.

The handover will be an historic, never to be repeated event not just for Hong Kong but for the whole world and for a few weeks Hong Kong will be in the news in every country in the world. Within a few parameters and subject to ability every member of the Force should be allowed an equal opportunity to become a member of this Colours Party which will surely be at the fore-front of all handover news.

Martin Cadman,Chairman, Expatriate Inspectors' Association


HOS Flat Resale restrictions explained

DEAR SIR,

@@Under the existing Government policy, an officer is not eligible for civil service housing benefits including departmental quarters if he and/or his spouse is an owner or an authorised occupant of a flat sold under the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS) which is subject to a resale restriction. Legally, resale restriction of a HOS flat will only be lifted after the restriction period for resale has expired and the land premium is paid.

I realise that in the past a few of my staff once misunderstood that a HOS flat was no longer subject to resale restriction after the restriction period for resale had expired. Consequently, some Force members were misled by their inaccurate advice for which I sincerely apologize. This situation has been rectified and all staff members of my division are now fully conversant with the correct interpretation of the policy that will deter recurrence of misguidance. They are also reminded of the importance to go about their duties in a tactful and courteous manner at all times.

Cheung Kam-chuen,SP Quarters


Swap Cops think we're tops

DEAR SIR,

@@We came to Hong Kong on a police exchange visit from August 1991 to 1993 (Swap Cops). From the very first day we were given fantastic support from the RHKP and the wonderful people who help to make it a first class police force. We had the best two years of our lives, you gave us a great adventure into history, culture and foods, and every day that passes we think of our good friends and times in Hong Kong.

Now another piece of history is about to fall into the record books and we want to wish you all, much happiness in the future, good luck, and to say to you all: Thank you for giving us some happy memories for the rest of our lives.

Patsy and Mike Wray,
DVC Hung Hom (1991-92),
SO HQ TKW (1992-93)


Wife returned safe and sound

DEAR SIR,

@@I write on behalf of my whole family to express our collective gratitude to the officers who secured the release of my wife (Chan Miu-yuk, Angela) from the hands of her kidnappers.

We would commend to you the officers of RCU 2A NTS, RCU 1,2,3, RATU & RIU, along with others, who were instrumental in the safe return of my wife within a short period of time.

In particular we would commend Sheung Chi-hok, a CID officer stationed at Sham Shui Po. We have known this officer as a family friend for a number of years.

When they realised my wife was in very great danger they acted with the speed and decisiveness of the total professional, they delivered the ransom money the kidnappers had demanded without fear of the risks they would be exposing themselves to.

It could have been so very much worse and we thank you, Commissioner and these officers for their bravery and their dedication to duty. They are all very much a credit to the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.

Sincerely yours,
Mak Chung-tong, Dannie


Allocation of JPO Married Quarters fair

DEAR SIR,

Allocation of JPO married quarters is normally based on a point system and overseen by a Quarters Allocation Committee (QAC) which comprises a representative from the Junior Police Officers' Association. This procedure also applies to the quarters at Ngau Chi Wan Disciplined Services Married Quarters.

There, 268 households affected by the disposal of Canton Road Police Married Quarters were given 48 directional points which put them in a more competitive position in applying for new quarters through open allocation. Among them, 252 have already been allocated new quarters by using their enhanced quartering points.

For those who were unable to secure new quarters as their choices confined to high grade quarters for which the demand was extremely strong, comparable replacement quarters have been offered to them to cater for their housing needs. This arrangement which conforms to the existing policy is to ensure that the interests of both the affected occupants and all other eligible officers for JPO married quarters are well looked after.

The Force management appreciate that quarters benefit is an important employment benefit and are therefore determined to make every possible effort which includes regular review of the quartering policies to ensure a fair system in place.

Cheung Kam-chuen,
SP Quarters


Celebrate handover in Birmingham

DEAR SIR,

@@I am a policeman based in Birmingham, England. I came over to Hong Kong four years ago and stayed at the Police Training School for two weeks. I was shown various departments within the Hong Kong Police Force and met a number of very good colleagues.

I would like to invite RHKP personnel who may be in the UK on 1 July to a very big ceremony in Birmingham's Chinatown to commemorate the handover of Hong Kong to China.

The ceremony will begin with lion dances, fireworks, then a march past of the Police Mounted Branch, followed by the Staffordshire Regiment which has recently returned from duty in Hong Kong. They were given the name "The Dragon Regiment" by Hong Kong officials.

The parade will finish in the Arcadian Centre, Chinatown, for a full afternoon of festivities.

There will be an official dinner.

Everyone is welcome to the festivities.

We wish you all well, and the best for your own festivities in Hong Kong.

Police Constable Colin Higgins,
West Midlands Police, Birmingham








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