Old police oath stands

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 July, 1997, 12:00am

The 28,000 police officers who have sworn faithfully to serve Queen Elizabeth will not be required to take a new oath.

A new oath has been recommended for officers joining the force after July 1 and the old version carried in the Police Force Ordinance is expected to be amended soon.

But Police Training School Commandant, Chief Superintendent Stuart McDouall, said officers who had sworn the old oath would not need to pledge their allegiance again. 'It is implicit in the [old] oath that we are serving the people of Hong Kong,' he said.

Under the new oath, officers will swear faithfully to serve 'the people of Hong Kong' instead of 'Her Majesty and Her Heirs and Successors'.

The phrase about upholding and maintaining the laws of the colony of Hong Kong is expected to be replaced by one citing the laws of the Hong Kong SAR. The first officers to take the new oath will be 20 inspectors who start training on July 21.