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Pool safety


@@Regarding the recent accident in the PSRC pool in which a retired police officer drowned may I offer my condolences to the family and propose the following.

@I believe the standard of the pool facilities at the Police Sports and Recreation Club are satisfactory and that lifeguards on duty there are adequate to ensure the safety of swimmers. However, the swimmers themselves must pay attention to and obey pool rules - and that includes not indiscriminately diving into the water from the edge of the pool.

@When lifeguards see swimmers diving carelessly or disobeying the rules, they should immediately warn them to stop.

An Interpreter
KW Region

Reply . . .


@@I refer to the letter from a reader who expressed his concerns about the death of a retired sergeant at the PSRC swimming pool on 22 July 97. Once again I would like to take this opportunity to offer our deepest condolences to members of the retired officer's family.

@It is believed that at the time the retired sergeant suffered a stroke and experienced difficulty in the swimming pool. He was instantly spotted by other swimmers and the lifeguards on duty. Despite artificial resuscitation performed on him by the lifeguards, they were unable to save his life. The club management takes a serious view on the safety of the club facilities, in particular the swimming pool. Indiscriminate and dangerous diving into the pool are prohibited.

@In addition, because of a few instances of drowning in other swimming pools this summer, we regularly brief our lifeguards (who are supervised) to be alert to PSRC swimmers while on duty.

Mrs Hanny Yeung

George James Batts
1929 - 1997

GEORGE James Batts, holder of the Colonial Police Medal for meritorious service to the Government of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police Force from which he retired in the rank of senior superintendent in 1976, passed away peacefully on 22 August 1997 at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He was 68 years old.

@While playing lawn bowls Jim suddenly collapsed from a mild stroke and died later of a massive coronary. This came as a complete shock to all who knew him, particularly to his wife Pat and their children. There was no prior indication nor warning. To all intents and purposes Jim was healthy, full of life and enjoying retirement. He was in fact doing what he enjoyed before he collapsed.

@Mr Batts joined the Hong Kong Police in 1952 as a probationary sub-inspector and during the course of a distinguished career was promoted to senior inspector in 1961 and, a year later, to assistant superintendent. In 1965 he advanced in rank to superintendent and became a senior superintendent in 1973.

@Jim's career in the Force was wide and varied. He served in three territorial police districts, the CID, Special Branch and in various staff appointments. When he retired, Senior Superintendent Batts was in charge of Administration for Hong Kong Island.

@He distinguished himself during his tenure of office in the Statistical Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department and again while divisional detective inspector in Marine.

@Jim's valuable service to the Force was recognised by his receipt of two Commissioner's Commendations and, in the 1974 New Year Honours List, by the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service. In 1971 he was awarded the Colonial Police Long Service Medal.

@Throughout his service, Mr Batts played an active part in Force recreational and social life. According to those who knew him, he was a great raconteur and a teller of tales - his jokes weren't bad either. Jim was always good company.

@When he retired, Mr Batts joined the Royal Hong Kong Police Association in the UK and became an active member. Concerned about memorabilia of the history of the R H K P Force since 1841 left behind in Regional and District messes and in police stations around Hong Kong, Jim was determined to gather together what he could. An exhibition of the like set up by Mr Batts during the 1996 Royal Hong Kong Police Association spring reunion in Bournemouth was greatly received by all who attended.

@Said his wife during cremation service eulogies: "Jim will be sorely missed. He enjoyed life to the full, had a wonderful sense of humour and could appreciate a good joke - even at his own expense. I will remember him as a hard-working, loyal and dedicated police officer and friend with a strong personality and character who served the Royal Hong Kong Police Force to the best of his ability for 24 years.

Kowloon West Regional
Welfare Office thanked


@@I write this letter to thank staff members of the Kowloon West Regional Welfare Office for the kind assistance given to me.

@Last May I felt sick and entered the Kwong Wah Hospital for a physical examination. Test results revealed that an operation was necessary.

@After medical treatment and continuing follow-up therapy my situation is now stable. During my period in the hospital, Sergeant Yim Kwok-wing and Police Constable Li Tat-chi of the Kowloon West Regional Welfare Office visited me at which time they provided useful information on medical and welfare benefits that are available to me while on sick leave, for which I am very thankful.

@As well, after the operation and subsequent therapy I became very weak and required specialised care at which time I asked the KW Regional Welfare Office to assist me in exchanging quarters to better facilitate nursing care. My request was supported and realised with the help of Police Welfare Officer Kowloon West, Kwan Tat-kam and WSIP Li Siu-mi.

@My wife and I express our sincere thanks for the help, encouragement and support from Mr Kwan, WSIP Li, Sergeant Yim, PC Li and other colleagues.

Sgt Kung Kwok-cheung

Chat Show
@OFFICERS in Strathclyde are pulling people over for a chat about road safety - literally. Instead of "Police Check Point" signs, drivers are now seeing "Police Chat Point" signs. Officers wave drivers into the chat point for a friendly test on the highway code and are are given road safety leaflets to study if they fail.
Sign of the times

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