SCDS members meet
The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Service (SCDS), Mr Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, and four SCDS members, Ms Chiang Lai-yuen, Ms Wong Mee-chun, Miss Elaine Chan and Mr Mark Lin, visited Operations Wing on December 8, accompanied by Secretary-General of the Joint Secretariat for the Advisory Bodies on Civil Service and Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service, Mr Patrick Li.
The highlights of the SCDS visit were a practical demonstration of the capabilities of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD) and a staff sharing session with members of the EOD Cadre explaining the difficulties and dangers of carrying out their duties.
Currently, about 30 police officers have joined the EOD Cadre as a "Secondary Duty", and each officer has to complete an eight-week Basic Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Course and an annual three-week Re-licensing Course. They also need to attend a monthly Training Day. The Cadre members are qualified for IEDD operations.
During a visit to the Headquarters Command and Control Centre, the SCDS members met Director of Operations Koo Sii-hong and heard a briefing given by Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Wong Chi-hung and Police Tactical Unit Commandant Lo Mung-hung on matters related to the "Policing of Major Events and Security Duties", and the "Policing of the 2009 East Asian Games".
Established in February 1989, the main role of the SCDS is to advise and make recommendations on matters concerning the pay and conditions of service of the disciplined services. Regular SCDS visits are made to different units of the Force to help members understand officers' challenges at work and to provide opportunities for members to meet with frontline staff and listen to their views.
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