About Recruitment

General Enquiry
  1. How to apply as a Police Officer?
  2. I am eligible for application but I am now residing mainland / overseas, how can I apply?
  3. How do I be informed of my application progress?
  4. How to join the Auxiliary Undergraduate Scheme (AUS)?
  5. What is the academic equivalent to the "Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management in Policing" for PI and "Professional Diploma in Policing" for RPC awarded by Police College?
  6. Are the "Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management in Policing" for PI and "Professional Diploma in Policing" for RPC awarded by Police College recognized by the Government or the private sectors as qualifications for specific jobs/posts?
Qualifications
  1. What are the entry qualifications for Inspector and Constable?
  2. I did not take the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) after my university graduation. Can I still apply for the post of Police Inspector?
  3. I have completed Grade 12 in the United States. Do I meet the academic entry requirements for Inspector?
  4. I studied overseas. Are my academic qualifications acquired equivalent to that obtained locally?
  5. I attained overseas academic qualifications but I did not fulfil the Chinese Language Proficiency requirement. Can I still apply for the post of Police Inspector?
  6. May I apply to the Appointments Division of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) direct for an individual assessment on my academic qualifications?
  7. What is Government Standard Examination about?
  8. What academic qualifications can be exempted from the Probationary Inspector Written Examination?
  9. What academic qualifications are considered as equivalent to having Level 2 in English Language and / or Chinese in HKDSEE or HKCEE?
  10. What is “2A3O”?
  11. What are “Registered Post-Secondary Colleges (RPSCs)”?
  12. What kinds of locally conferred degrees are accepted by the Civil Service Bureau for civil service appointment?
  13. Is Associate Degree conferred by a local university recognized for application for Inspector?
  14. Are vocational education qualifications recognized for application for Inspector?
  15. Can I apply for Police posts if I cannot swim?
Selection Process
  1. When will the recruitment exercise commence?
  2. What is the selection process for Inspector?
  3. What is the selection process for Constable?
  4. How long will the selection process take?
  5. What is Basic Law Test about?
  6. When will the eyesight test be conducted?
  7. When will the physical fitness test be held?
  8. I failed the eyesight test or weight / height requirements, when can I re-apply the same post again?
  9. How can I obtain the assessment report of the selection process?
Salary Related
  1. What is the arrangement of incremental advance for Inspectors?
  2. What is the arrangement of incremental advance for Police Constables?

General Enquiry

1. How to apply as a Police Officer?

If you wish to join the Hong Kong Police Force as an Inspector or Constable, you must be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and have lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years. You must also possess academic qualifications for the post of Inspector / Constable. For further information, please contact our * Police Recruitment Hotline 2860-2860, or email to recruit@police.gov.hk or browse our Recruitment Web Site.
* Police Recruitment Hotline: 2860 2860

  • Service Hours: Monday to Friday (except public holidays), 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Outside Service Hours: Auto-recording service available
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2. I am eligible for application but I am now residing mainland / overseas, how can I apply?

In order to facilitate mainland / overseas candidates to apply for the post of Probationary Inspector, Recruitment Division launches the ‘Mainland / Overseas Student's Corner’ in Police Public Page.

The ‘Mainland / Overseas Student's Corner’ contains ‘Event Calendar’, ‘Hints & Tips’, Video Clips’, Interview Schedule’, ‘Entry Qualifications’ and ‘Police Mentorship Programme Outreach’.

For more information, please visit Mainland / Overseas Student's Corner .

 

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3. How do I be informed of my application progress?

Recruitment Division will usually inform all qualified applicants for police constables of the interview arrangement by email in two to three weeks after submitting their application forms (actual time may vary, depending on the number of applicants being processed). All applicants should therefore check their email mailbox regularly to avoid missing the chance of interview. Applicants should notice that the mail may be diverted to the Bulk/Spam folder or Trash folder automatically in some email systems. Meanwhile, to ensure the opportunity to attend interview, applicants are particularly reminded to pay attention to the content of our email, and complete any forms or reply slips attached by following the instructions.

For those applicants who have not provided their email address, Recruitment Division will inform them of the interview arrangement by phone or letter. For any enquiry, please call our * Police Recruitment Hotline 2860 2860.

* Police Recruitment Hotline:

  • Service Hours: Monday to Friday (except public holidays), 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Outside Service Hours: Auto-recording service available

For enquiries relating Inspector post : 2860 5460

For enquiries relating Police Constable post : 2860 3216

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4. How to join the Auxiliary Undergraduate Scheme (AUS)?

AUS aims at recruiting tertiary institution undergraduates as Auxiliary Police Constables. Starting from 2016/17, all full-time non-final year undergraduates of the 17 higher education institutions are eligible to apply. The institutions are: Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Centennial College, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, City University of Hong Kong, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Technology, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Lingnan University, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and Tung Wah College.

Undergraduates, who are interested in the programme, may approach their respective career centres for further information.

 

 

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5. What is the academic equivalent to the "Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management in Policing" for PI and "Professional Diploma in Policing" for RPC awarded by Police College?

The two Professional Diploma Programmes for PIs and RPCs have earned the vocational accreditation by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualification (HKCAAVQ) under the 7-level Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (QF), as meeting the accreditation standards at Level 4 (at the same level of an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma of the academic sector) and QF Level 5 (at the same level of a Bachelor Degree of the academic sector) respectively.

According to the Qualifications Framework Secretariat, each qualification is assigned a QF level to indicate its position in the hierarchy relative to others. Although some of the programmes pitch at the same QF level, they cannot be considered as equivalent/comparable qualifications because of their differences in length, credit size and learning focus.

For more details on the Qualifications Framework, please visit:

 


6. Are the "Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management in Policing" for PI and "Professional Diploma in Policing" for RPC awarded by Police College recognized by the Government or the private sectors as qualifications for specific jobs/posts?

Whether the qualification meets the entry requirements for specific job posts/education and training programmes, applicants are advised to approach the concerned employers (including Government Departments)/institution(s) direct for details.

 


Qualifications

1. What are the entry qualifications for Inspector and Constable?

Please see Entry Qualifications for details.

 

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2. I did not take the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) after my university graduation. Can I still apply for the post of Police Inspector?

Without CRE result or pass in CRE, you can still apply for the post of Police Inspector but you need to obtain a pass in the English Language Proficiency Test and Chinese Language Proficiency Test for the Police Inspector Written Examination. CRE result is one of the exemptions for the Police Inspector Written Examination.

 

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3. I have completed Grade 12 in the United States. Do I meet the academic entry requirements for Inspector?

In general, completion of Grade 12 in the United States is only equivalent to completion of Form Five in Hong Kong. In case of doubt (e.g. if the Grade 12 course completed by an applicant in a particular school in the United States may be of a standard higher than completion of Form Five in Hong Kong), we will refer the case to the Civil Service Bureau for individual assessment.

 

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4. I studied overseas. Are my academic qualifications acquired equivalent to that obtained locally?

We will refer cases of academic qualifications acquired overseas to the Appointments Division of Civil Service Bureau (CSB) for individual assessment if necessary. In the process of assessment, the standing of the awarding institutions, programmes of study, academic performance of the students (including their academic results) and advice from accreditation authorities will be taken into consideration. The benchmark is whether the overseas qualifications are comparable to the standard of the local ones

The assessment of qualifications is conducted to facilitate the Government in making civil service appointment. The results of assessment will only be applicable to appointment of civil servants and do not mean that the Government recognizes the relevant qualifications, courses or institutions in other respects.

 

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5. I attained overseas academic qualifications but I did not fulfil the Chinese Language Proficiency requirement. Can I still apply for the post of Police Inspector?

Applicants who do not fulfil the Chinese Language Proficiency requirement may still apply for the post. They will be exempted from this requirement if they have a pass in the Chinese Language Proficiency Test for Police Inspector Written Examination.

 

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6. May I apply to the Appointments Division of the Civil Service Bureau (CSB) direct for an individual assessment on my academic qualifications?

Where necessary, the Force will refer your case to the CSB for assessment. However, as an alternative, applicants with non-local educational qualifications may make use of the qualifications assessment service of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). For details of the service, you may visit the HKCAAVQ website: http://www.hkcaavq.edu.hk or contact the HKCAAVQ at 3658 0285.

 

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7. What is Government Standard Examination about?

The Government Standard Examination (GSE) is a test on Chinese language proficiency at Form 5 level. It assists government departments/grades to assess the Chinese language proficiency of job applicants or in-service officers for appointment purposes, and is not open to the public or individual officers.

The GSE consists of two papers:

  • Paper I :
Chinese Usage (Time : 2 hours)
Questions on comprehension, cloze, word correction, sentence rewriting, sentence correction, practical writing, etc.
  • Paper II :
Composition (Time : 1 and 1/2 hours)
To complete an essay in no less than 600 words

 

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8. What academic qualifications can be exempted from the Probationary Inspector Written Examination?

Paper(s) could be exempted Common Recruitment Examination
(CRE)
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination
(HKALE)
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination
(HKDSEE)
General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
(GCE A-Level)
The International English Language Testing System
(IELTS)
English Task Paper No exemption unless candidate has passed previous attempt (with effective from 2004-04-01)
Use of English
(UOE)
‘Level 1 or above’ in ‘Use of English' Grade D or above in ‘Use of English' Level 4 or above in ‘English Language’ Grade D or above in ‘Use of English’
  • Overall band score of 6.5 (Academic Modular);
  • No subtest score below band 6; and
  • Obtained in the same sitting within 2 years
Chinese Task Paper No exemption unless candidate has passed previous attempt (with effective from 2004-04-01)
Use of Chinese
(UOC)
‘Level 1 or above in ‘Use of Chinese’ Grade D or above in ‘Chinese Language and Culture’ or ‘Chinese Literature’ Level 4 or above in ‘Chinese Language’ N/A N/A
Aptitude Test Passed N/A N/A N/A N/A
Basic Law Test Attained N/A N/A N/A N/A

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9. What academic qualifications are considered as equivalent to having Level 2 in English Language and / or Chinese in HKDSEE or HKCEE?

The below academic qualifications are considered as equivalent to having Level 2 in English Language and / or Chinese in HKDSEE or HKCEE (The above mentioned qualifications are not the exemption for the Probationary Inspector Written Examination, please refer to Question 8)

Overseas Examination
International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination
(IGCSE)
General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination
(GCSE)
General Certificate of Education 'Ordinary' Level
(GCE O Level)
General Certificate of Education 'Advanced' Level
(GCE A Level)
General Certificate of Education 'Advanced Subsidiary' Level
(GCE AS Level)
The International English Language Testing System
(IELTS)
Government Standard English Examination - Oral & Written
(GSEE O&W)
Level 2 in English Language
(HKDSEE / HKCEE)
Grade D Grade D Grade D N/A Grade E Overall band score of 4.5 (Academic Modular) with the 2-year validity period of the test Grade E
Level 2 in Chinese Language
(HKDSEE / HKCEE)
Grade D Grade D Grade D Grade E Grade E N/A N/A
Local Examination
Higher Diploma /
Associate Degree
Foundation Diploma (by VTC) Yi-Jin Certificate Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (before 2007) Hong Kong Higher Level Examination (HKHLE) (before 1993) Government Standard Examination (Chinese) - Form 5
Level 2 in English Language
(HKDSEE / HKCEE)
N/A Awarded Awarded Grade E (Syllabus B)
Grade C (Syllabus A)
Grade E N/A
Level 2 in Chinese Language
(HKDSEE / HKCEE)
Accredited Awarded Awarded Grade E N/A Grade E

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10. What is “2A3O”?

It means having a pass in two subjects in the HKALE plus three other subjects at Grade C or above in the HKCEE, or equivalent. In the counting of subjects, the following rules should be observed:

  • The same subject cannot be counted twice.
    For example, a person who has a pass in Biology in both the HKALE and HKASLE will be regarded as having a pass in the HKALE only. A person having a pass in History in the HKALE and a Grade C in the same subject in the HKCEE will be regarded as either having a pass in the HKALE or a Grade C in the HKCEE.
  • Some subjects are considered as overlapping with one another and under such circumstances only ONE of the overlapping subjects will be counted.
    For example, Applied Mathematics in the HKALE overlaps with Mathematics & Statistics in the HKASLE; Computer Studies in the HKALE and Computer Applications in the HKASLE are overlapping with each other etc.

 

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11. What are “Registered Post-Secondary Colleges (RPSCs)”?

RPSCs include: Name of College and Date of registration as RPSC (year/ month/ day)

  • The Former Hong Kong Baptist College (1970-03-26)
  • The Shue Yan College (1976-01-30)
  • The Former Lingnan College (1978-10-17)
Holders of Diploma awarded by the above Colleges are currently eligible for appointment to the post of Inspector.

 

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12. What kinds of locally conferred degrees are accepted by the Civil Service Bureau for civil service appointment?

Degrees awarded by the following local institutions are accepted for civil service appointment:

  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  3. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  4. The Hong Kong Baptist University (formerly known as the Hong Kong Baptist College)
  5. The City University of Hong Kong (formerly known as the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong)
  6. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (formerly known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic)
  7. The Lingnan University (formerly known as the Lingnan College)
  8. The Academy for Performing Arts
  9. The Open University of Hong Kong (formerly known as the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong)
  10. The Education University of Hong Kong (formerly known as the Hong Kong Institute of Education)
  11. Other local institutions offering accredited degree programmes

 

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13. Is Associate Degree conferred by a local university recognized for application for Inspector?

The qualification of the locally accredited Associate Degree programmes is regarded as equivalent to a Higher Diploma for appointment to civil service posts with academic entry requirements set at Higher Diploma level. It therefore meets the current academic entry requirements of Inspector of Police.

 

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14. Are vocational education qualifications recognized for application for Inspector?

Higher Diploma awarded by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (formerly the Hong Kong Polytechnic), the City University of Hong Kong (formerly the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong) or the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (formerly technical institutes or technical colleges) are accepted for appointment to the post of Inspector.

 

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15. Can I apply for Police posts if I cannot swim?

You can still apply for Police posts if you cannot swim. However, applicants are encouraged to learn swimming before they attend the foundation training programmes of the Hong Kong Police College. As protecting life is one of the core duties of the Police, trainees will be arranged to attend life-saving training while under foundation training.

 


Selection Process

1. When will the recruitment exercise commence?

The recruitment exercise is an on-going exercise held throughout the year. You can apply at any time you wish.

 

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2. What is the selection process for Inspector?

Please see Selection Process for details.

 

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3. What is the selection process for Constable?

Please see Selection Process for details.

 

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4. How long will the selection process take?

For the post of Constable, it would take at least 14 weeks from the time you submit your application until appointment is offered. For the post of Inspector, it would take at least 16 weeks for the whole process.

 

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5. What is Basic Law Test about?

All applicants applying for Police Inspector or Police Constable from 1 September 2008 onwards will be assessed on their Basic Law knowledge. The Basic Law test paper questions are set in both English and Chinese. It consists of 15 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 25 minutes. There is no passing mark set for the Basic Law test and the full mark of the paper is 100. The result is of permanent validity. The BL test result will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate.

If an applicant has attended the BL test arranged by other recruiting bureaux/ departments or the one centrally administered by Civil Service Bureau, the applicant will be exempted from sitting the BL written test again and can use the previous test result as the basis of the BL score. The previous BL test result will be accepted only upon the production of the original notification letter. The applicant may, if so wish, take the BL test again and in such case, the latest score obtained in the current application process will be counted.

You may click here to browse through the website of the Civil Service Bureau for the sample questions, frequently asked questions and relevant information of the Basic Law Test.

 

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6. When will the eyesight test be conducted?

For the post of Constable, the eyesight test will be conducted by appointment at Police College during the Preliminary Assessment. For the post of inspector, the test will be conducted at the Reception Office of Recruitment Division after you have submitted your application. No spectacles or contact lens are allowed during the test. Another eyesight test will be conducted during the medical examination.

 

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7. When will the physical fitness test be held?

For the post of Constable, the physical fitness test is conducted during the Preliminary Assessment.
For the post of Inspector, the physical fitness test is conducted after the Extended Interview or Final Interview Board.

 

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8. I failed the eyesight test or weight / height requirements, when can I re-apply the same post again?

Applicants who have failed the eyesight test or weight / height requirements may re-apply for the same police post at any time after one working day of the test.

 

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9. How can I obtain the assessment report of the selection process?

Applicant has a right of access to his/her personal data collected by the Hong Kong Police Force in processing his/her application.

If an applicant wishes to obtain a copy of the said data (photocopying charge being HK$1.1 per page), he/she may complete a Personal Data Access Request Form, sign and send it to the Chief Inspector of Police 1 (REC), Recruitment Division, Hong Kong Police Force by either way of Fax (2200 4337), mail, or through online submission.

Online application for the Personal Data Access Request Form
https://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/privacy.html

The Form can be downloaded at the following hyperlinks:
Chinese Version (PDF Format)
English Version (PDF Format)

If the applicant has an e-cert account, he/she may make the request directly to the Recruitment Division at recruit@police.gov.hk. We will send the requested data to him/her through email after verifying his/her identity.

 

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Salary Related

1. What is the arrangement of incremental advance for Inspectors?

For Inspectors appointed on or after 1 April 2000 are entitled to the following incremental advance:-

Completion of 1st year of service
Advance three increments
(e.g. from PPS 25 to 28, the entry point for Degree holders with a pass at “Level 1” or above in 'Use of Chinese' and 'Use of English' in the Common Recruitment Examination or equivalent)
Completion of 2nd year of service Advance two increments
(e.g. from PPS 28 to 30)
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2. What is the arrangement of incremental advance for Police Constables?

Police Constables are entitled to the following incremental advance:-

On passing out from the Police College Advance one increment
(e.g. from PPS 3 to 4)
Completion of 1st year of service Advance two increments
(e.g. from PPS 4 to 6)
Completion of 2nd year of service Advance two increments
(e.g. from PPS 6 to 8)
Completion of 3rd and 4th year of service Advance one increment on each year of service
(e.g. from PPS 8 to 9 and from PPS 9 to 10)
Completion of 5th year of service
& Pass in SGT Promotion Exam.
Advance two increments
(e.g. from PPS 10 to 12)

 

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