Police fast-reaction guide

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 March, 1997, 12:00am

Police Tactical Unit officers will be given a pocket guidebook listing the first five steps to take during emergencies under a proposal to sharpen their response skills.

The proposal is one of a number of tactical unit initiatives to improve general training and better prepare officers for security arrangements during the handover ceremony and September's World Bank Conference.

Some of the ideas were borrowed from police in Atlanta, after Hong Kong officers observed the security arrangements at last year's Olympic Games.

Acting Superintendent Armond Chan Yiu-kwok said 'action cards' issued to Atlanta police listed reactions for 90 types of incident.

'Our idea is to list the first five important steps the officer should take in cases of emergency,' Mr Chan said.

Asked if the need for officers to read the guidebook would delay their reaction, Mr Chan said: 'The guidebook aims to serve as a reminder for officers on how to react properly.' He said a sample of the guidebook was now being printed that would fit into a pocket.

Tactical unit officers will be among the 2,000 police officers deployed to maintain security at the handover ceremony at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 30.