Poll stresses need to tackle corruption
Corruption remains the greatest public concern involving the police force, a survey has found.
But the poll, conducted late last year, also showed that public perception of police integrity and discipline had improved.
Conducted by an independent research company, the poll found 73 per cent of the 2,017 respondents considered the overall performance of the force to be good - a slight drop from 78 per cent in the first such survey in 1995.
Deputy Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui was pleased with the findings. 'The survey's main findings were generally encouraging. Seventy-per cent of respondents feel absolutely safe and secure in Hong Kong. This is quite an achievement.' When the respondents were asked which areas should take priority, 31 per cent specified the eradication of corruption while 26 per cent were concerned with the quality of officers.
Public perception of integrity and discipline improved slightly as the number of corruption reports involving officers fell.
A significant improvement in the public perception of overall manpower and street patrols was noted.
Other areas of concern included juvenile crime, burglary and theft, illegal immigration, sex offences, and organised and triad-related crimes.
In terms of preventing and detecting crimes, 53 per cent of respondents rated the police's performance as good, while five per cent considered it poor.
Half to three-quarters considered officers' performances good in areas such as maintaining order during demonstrations and dealing with violent or triad-related offences. The survey, intended for every two years, aims to help officers improve performance.