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Insignia Query


°@°@Could you identify the five buildings depicted on the new Hong Kong Police insignia?

Yours sincerely,
An officer from
TM Traffic Team

ANSWER(courtesy CSP PR HARRY Blud): The new Hong Kong Police insignia features a " representation" of the Hong Kong skyline. The buildings depicated in the badg e from left to right are: the New Police Headquarters. West Wing; the Bank of Ch ina; City Hall; the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank; and Exchange Square.



°@°@I recently visited the Police Sports and Recreation Club. I brought an umbrella with me because it was a rainy day and a security guard asked me to put it in an umbrella stand at the front door. I wanted to take the umbrella into the club because I was afraid that it would be stolen. However, my request was turned down.

When I left the Club two hours later, I searched through the umbrella stand but could not find my umbrella. I asked the staff but they said there was nothing they could do. I felt very angry because the matter was not taken very seriously.

Other PSRC members have also complained about the same problem. The umbrella that I lost was of commemorative value and it is impossible for me to buy another one. Where can I seek compensation? How can the PSRC let such things happen? Umbrella stands with locks, or plastic sheaths in which wet umbrellas can be placed, would be welcome improvements to the club's facilities. An easy solution to an obvious problem.

An angry police officer


°@°@The policy at PSRC and POC, like many other clubs, hotels and restaurants in town, concerning wet umbrellas is that they cannot be taken into the club. This is enforced as a matter of safety as water that drips from wet umbrellas can cause floors to become slippery.

The PSRC has in the past employed a number of methods in an attempt to solve this problem, including the supply of umbrella racks with locks, and also asking the shop contractor to run an umbrella check-in at a cost of $1 per umbrella. In the former the keys to the locks disappeared within one month, and in the latter members refused to pay the $1 fee.

All staff at the club have been told that any person entering with a wet umbrella is to be asked to put it in the rack to dry before taking it into the club, or to dry it themselves so that it does not drip – and then bring it into the club.

From the letter it would appear that the member was not given the latter option and that some other officer or an officers’ guest then took the umbrella in question. All staff have been reminded of the guidelines.

This problem is not limited to the police clubs and I am sure that other officers have experienced similar frustrations at many venues throughout town.

The club management is currently considering options to overcome the problem and it is hoped that when implemented similar instances will not occur.

Yours faithfully,
Senior Superintendent of Police (Ag)
Clubs, Catering, Sports & Recreation

1918 - 1997

ERNEST SYDNEY JONES, known to all as "Bob" died in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday 10 June. He was 79 years old.

Bob joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1941; was interned in Hong Kong by the Japanese during the Second World War; and continued to serve until 1957 when he transferred to the Inland Revenue Department. He retired from Hong Kong in 1996 and moved to the UK and then Australia.

His funeral took place in Melbourne on Monday 16 June.

A wreath was laid at the ceremony from "his Former Colleagues in the RHKP".

Bob was an ex-Guardsman, whose Melbourne Branch was represented at the service, as well as a contingent from the Returned & Services League, Australia.

Bob was a widower and is survived by two daughters, a son and grandchildren.

POC for all your dining and reception needs


°@°@Within the space of the past two months I have booked two functions at the Police Officers’ Club – a Grill Room function for my daughter's "moon yet jau" and another in the private dining room for my wedding reception.

On both occasions I was given good advice by POC Catering Manager Mandy Leung on menu and budget, while the service at both functions was excellent. I and my wife Carrie were always greeted warmly by staff at the POC – which makes a visit there all the more enjoyable.

I would particularly like to thank the staff who helped us celebrate our wedding on 18 July. The private dining rooms were ideal for our purposes. They are tastefully and comfortably decorated and were private enough to allow us all to "let our hair down" without bothering other guests in the Chinese restaurant.

If any POC members are thinking of holding a function then I suggest they get in touch with their very own club. The facilities, food and service offer excellent value for money.

Brett Free
GIS Publishing

VIP PU singled out for praise
The following letter from US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was sent to ACP Dick Lee Ming-kwai on 1 July 97.

DEAR Mr Lee,

°@°@Many thanks to you, Mr Wong Tsan-kwong, and the fine members of the Hong Kong Police Department for all of your work during my visit to Hong Kong. It is a wonderful feeling to know that, despite the unparalleled challenges of work during the reversion, the professionalism of the Hong Kong Police remains constant and outstanding.

I would like to offer special thanks to three of your colleagues whose uncommon diligence, I am told, had much to do with the successes of the entire operation: Steve Chalkley, Craig Foster and Kieran Hale all deserve high praise for a job well done.

Madeleine K Albright
The Secretary of State

This letter was written to Peter Lai, Secretary for Security, 9 July, from the Consul-General of Japan, Hideaki Ueda.

DEAR Peter,

°@°@I am write to express my sincerest congratulations on the handover celebrations. As the world watched, Hong Kong entered a new era, and this was achieved with quite extraordinary smoothness, dignity and positive emotion. I believe this was to a large extent due to the fact that protocol requirements and the security needs were met well in balance.

I was also particularly impressed by the fact you succeeded in giving Hong Kong people the opportunities to express themselves while securing the safety of the foreign guests. Mr Yukihiko Ikeda, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was quite satisfied that every programme proceeded smoothly according to plan. Mr Ikeda expressed his appreciation for the arrangements by the Hong Kong Government that made his stay in Hong Kong most comfortable and memorable. He also thanked Mr Stephen Carl Jones, Detective Senior Inspector, who escorted him during his visit.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you success in the future in a prosperous and stable Hong Kong.

Yours sincerely,
Hideaki Ueda
Japan Consul-General

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