Chapter 1 History – The First Century

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The year 1844 saw the enactment of the first Police Ordinance in Hong Kong and the formal establishment of the Hong Kong Police Force. This very first Chapter traces the birth of the predecessor of the modern day Hong Kong Police Force. From the 1840s when there were only a few villages on the coast on Hong Kong Island to the more populous Hong Kong in the post-World War II period, there had been a strong need for the city to set up a structured and organised police force in order to address the growingly pertinent issues of personal safety and law and order.