PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 April, 2000, 12:00am

Auxiliary Police Commandant Peter Chau Cham-chiu is to retire next year when he completes 39 years of police service.

His deputy, Kwok Chi-shun, 54, is expected to succeed Mr Chau, who will turn 60 on January 19.

Mr Chau said he would not consider extending his service with the force like his predecessor, the Chief Secretary for Administration's husband, Archie Chan Tai-wing, who did not retire until he was 62 in September, 1996, after renewing his term for two years.

Mr Chau, who transferred from the regular to the auxiliary force in 1974, said: 'I won't extend my term. We should retire by 60 under the mechanism and let other people take over the job.' Asked if he regretted seeing his service end at a time when some of his officers were dissatisfied over the controversial reform of the auxiliary force, Mr Chau said: 'I have no regrets.

'There are always things happening. My years of service just coincide with the reform.

'There is nothing you can do when the regular force says it has enough manpower and does not need us.'