Police vehicles shine in US competition

Winning design on HKP patrol van: "below" Transport Division officer displaying awards from International Police Vehicle Design competition
EQUIPPED with highly visible reflective tape and functional designs, vehicles of the Hong Kong Police Force took third place in the 1998 10th International Police Vehicle Design Competition organised by Law and Order MAgazine, a police journal published in the United States. The annual competition saw international entries from over 400 police forces from the US, the UK, Canada and elsewhere.

"The Diamond Grade tape, made by 3M, is the best material of its kind in the world for use on police vehicles because it reflects loght so well that people can clearly see the vehicles hundreds of metres away," said Transport Division Superintendent Stuart Jones. "That is a strong point because it facilitates the work of police offcers and also ensures their safety as well as taht of members of the public."

Requiring minimum maintenance, the tape's tough composition makes it hard to scratch and is resistant to Hong Kong's extremely humid climate. Its durability virtually guarantees it to last the lofe of a police vehicle-usually six to seven years.

Diamond Grade tape is popular with police forces the world over and is commonly used in Europe and North America. The Hong Kong Police Force started introducing the material to all its new vehicles in 1997. The tapw is also used on the road signs of Hong Kong's Highways Department.

Safety is a primary concem of Mr Joens and his officers in the Rransport Division. "Accidents are a personal tragedy for the people involved, their families and friends. Accidents ate also very costly in terms of the huge drain on community resources such as hospitalisation, sick leave and legal bills," he said.

Over the past few years, the Transport Division has concentrated on upgrading the safety of the entire police fleet with a number of improvements that include the vehicles themselves. From early 1997 the Ford Transit was introduced to the fleet of large vans (the standard patrol vehicles). Of the 570 large vans in service, over 350 are now Ford Transits, which are used by the Police Tactical Unit, Emergency Units, Trafic and the Districts.

SPECIAL safety features include 3-point seat belts and head restraints, flashing lights with no moving parts and a high/low switch, front-mounted sirens, reversing sensor, and special compartments for firearms, Bullet Resistant Vests and other equipment. All come with air-conditioning, power steering and four-wheel anti-lock braking (ABS).

The powerful Honda CBX750P motorcycles, nearly 500 which are now used in the Force, have also been fitted with a number of new features to improve safety for their riders that include anadditional blue light at the rear, bigger and more highly reflective markings, and front flashing lights fixed higher on the fairing to enable better visibility by car drivers. Similar treatment has been given to the smaller motorcycles with the addition of flashing lights, sirenns and quality markings.

Meanwhile, the Transport Division has been testing better light bulbs for force vehicles and actively looking at better sirens and run-flat tyres-to be put on trial this year.

Said Mr Jones: "Our officers continue to monitor ongoing world-wide research into improving vehicle safety and, whenever possible, we will incorporate the safety innovations of manufacturers into the specifications for our new vehicles. But even the safest features are of little use without a driver who is ever conscious of safety."

"Force of the Future"
lauded for excellence
"The Force of the Future" Ал a promotional video produced by the Police PUblic Relations Brance, has won a Certificate for Creative Excellence in the US International Film and Video Festival (1998). It also took the Bronze prize in the 9 th Annual Galaxy Awards (1998).

The video also achieved finalist status in the 41st Annual International Film & Video Awards in New York to be held on 22 January.

The fast-paced, confidence-inspiring, six-minute video captures the hard working side of the Hong Kong Police set against a dynamic and colourful backdrop of magnificent sights, sounds and infrastructural projects of the HKSAR.

Its deft symbolism in the use clocks, sunsets and sunrises reinforces the minimal change and maximum optimism of post 1997 HOng Kong, while at the same time , by emphasising the commitment of Hong Kong Police in maintaining security and stability in the territory, reassures that Hong Kong remains one of the safest cities in the world.

The video is available in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese and has been distributed to relevant local, regional and international agencies. The Hong Kong Tourist Association is also using the video in its publicity campaigns.

Three PPRB produced television commercials were awarded commendations in the 1998 Singapore Creative CircleAwards. The three commercials, which focus on the importance of parent/child relationships and the prevention of juvenile crime, have been well-received.

Rounding off a year of accolades, PPRB's new look Force annual report Ал the 1997 Police Review Ал was commended in the 1998 Hong Kong Management Association Best Annual Reports Awards. The judges were especialy impressed by the Police Review's visuals.

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