Youths-at-risk are one of the service targets of social workers. To protect those youngsters from exploitation by triads, there is a need for social workers to have a better understanding of the triad culture. With this in mind, the Police Community Relations Office and the Anti-Triad Section (DATS) of Eastern District (EDIST) have organised a "Project Sea Star" with the Youth Outreach, a Non-government Organisation.
Under the project, police officers will update social workers on triad information while the latter will share their own working experiences with the police. "Project Sea Star" was kicked off on May 14.
In the first session, Chief Inspector Lam Siu-wah of Crime EDIST, Senior Inspector Terrance Tse of DATS and EDIST Assistant Police Community Relations Officer Louis Kwok outlined the goals of the project to the management of the Youth Outreach.
In the second session, Force Triad Expert Chan Man-shu introduced triad history, structures, terminologies, and jargons, as well as triad-related laws. Following a question-and-answer session on anti-triad strategies, the officers and social workers discussed how to handle youths with a triad background.