Police support of local economy praised

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The three-day Information Technology(IT) Carnival, highlight of the Hong Kong Computer Festival, attracted more than 200,000 visitors, generated a conservative $100 million turnover for exhibitors, and gave temporary employment to 3,000 people.

"This would not have been possible," said Chamber of Hong Kong Computer Industry Chairman, Mr Jacky Cheung Yiu-shing, in a letter to the Commissioner, "without the provision of truly excellent, efficient and friendly crowd management services by members of the Force."

The letter specifically praised the efforts of Kowloon West Regional Commander, Ms Millie Stradmoor, Sham Shui Po District Commander, Chief Superintendent Mr Peter Hunt, and five other named officers under their command.

Mr Cheung said that the IT industry "looked forward to future co-operation on more events of that nature".

Television & Entertainment Licensing Acting Commissioner, Mr Po Pui-leong, also wrote to the Commissioner in praise of Police support during the location filming for the Hollywood mega-movie 'Tomb Raider 2'. He specifically praised the efforts of staff of the Police Public Relations Branch, the Traffic Branch, Marine Police and a number of District Commanders, the Police Licensing Office and the Forensic Firearms Examination Bureau.

"Their efforts and understanding," said Mr Po, "made possible the implementation of very demanding filming plans subject to last minute changes to meet filming requirements. They were always ready to respond to requests for special traffic arrangements, parachute descents into the harbour, low-flying helicopters and filming on Po Toi O. Crowd management was exemplary."

In conclusion, Mr Po explained that he was writing in his own behalf and on behalf of Paramount British Pictures and October Pictures to express the deepest gratitude and appreciation for a job well done.

Offbeat learned that the filming of 'Tomb Raider 2' in Hong Kong brought about HK$ 40 million into the local economy.

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