Police bid to fast-track new recruits

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 December, 2008, 12:00am

Police are launching a fast-tracked recruitment drive to fill nearly 500 vacancies, and successful candidates will be training at the academy as early as March.

The initiative comes as an immediate response to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's package to boost the economy and create more than 60,000 jobs, announced on Monday.

Superintendent Kit Tse Tsui-yan, of the recruitment division, said it had recorded a 33 per cent increase in the number of applications between April and November compared with the same period last year.

A high response is expected for 52 probationary inspectors' posts and 414 constables' jobs during the current financial year, amid the global financial meltdown. The force has also predicted it will need to hire 150 inspectors and 900 constables in the 2009-10 financial year.

The starting salary for probationary inspectors ranges from HK$29,460 to HK$31,285, while police constables' starting salary ranges from HK$16,160 to HK$16,655.

'We will put the resources together to handle these applications in the coming month, and the recruitment process could be shortened by two to four weeks,' Ms Tse said. Interviews and fitness tests for applicants would take place as early as mid-January and those successful would become academy cadets by March.

Ms Tse said about 7.5 per cent of the 5,378 applicants for probationary inspectors' jobs from April to November held master's degree qualifications or above, while 73 per cent held a bachelor's degree. But only 92 candidates, or 1.7 per cent of the total applicants, were signed up.

For police constables, the success rate was 5.3 per cent, with the force hiring 420 candidates out of 7,923.

A recruitment centre at the Wan Chai police headquarters will be opened on Monday to handle inquiries and applications. Candidates can also apply online, by mail or by fax.