Panel questions police review

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 December, 1993, 12:00am

LEGISLATORS yesterday asked why the police force had hired an accountancy firm to help with a major review of its management.

Legislative Council security panel convenor Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said she could not see how the expertise of an accountancy firm could help the review.

''Why didn't we seek advice from the FBI or Scotland Yard? They are the experts of police management,'' Mrs Chow said. Her Liberal Party colleague, Steven Poon Kwok-lim, asked whether the police were passing the buck to an outsider.

''I have dealt with this company before; I don't think they have the expertise,'' he said.

''Their knowledge about police management is close to none.

''It makes me wonder if the police are merely finding an outsider to say the things they want to say.'' Other legislators asked whether the police had pre-empted the whole exercise, spelling out prematurely that no drastic changes would be made.

''I have the feeling that the police have set the agenda already and they are finding the consultant firm to say things for them,'' Meeting Point legislator Zachary Wong Wai-yin said.

Assistant Police Commissioner Benny Ng Ching-kwok denied the present consultancy firm lacked the appropriate expertise.

He said the review touched on areas such as overtime allowances, information technology and financial management, to which the accountancy firm had made significant contributions.

The review, which started in May last year, focused on the manpower distribution and the tasks now performed by the 27,000-strong force.