Changes 'could hurt public confidence'
Deputy Commissioner of Police Wong Tsan-kwong warned that a proposal to impose the same physical requirements on male and female officers might hurt public confidence. He said any changes would need to take into account work requirements and public expectations.
The minimum height requirements for male and female police officers are 163 centimetres and 152 centimetres, respectively. Male officers have to weigh at least 50 kilograms and female officers at least 42 kilograms. Male applicants also have to face a tougher physical test. Male inspector candidates have to do 20 sit-ups in 30 seconds while females need to do 17.
'Members of the public expect police officers to have a basic dignity and physique,' Mr Wong said. 'If you appear tough and strong and in a clean uniform, the public will naturally have better confidence. If you have your back hunched and waist bent, it will affect people's confidence.'