Job seekers invited to take shot at police work during expo

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 February, 2009, 12:00am

Those interested in joining the police force can get a taste of simulated target shooting and learn to handle a real revolver at a four-day career expo at the Convention and Exhibition Centre that starts on Thursday.

The police want to recruit at least 150 inspectors and 900 constables this year, and have promised to speed up their recruitment procedure to draw talented candidates.

Patrick Kwok Pak-chung, the superintendent of recruitment, said the force would hire at least 1,000 officers every year for the next three years to make up for the loss of officers to retirement and resignations.

The police force received more than 16,000 applications last year, a 17 per cent increase from the previous year. Among the applicants, about 7,000 competed for 144 places as a probational inspector and another 9,000 vied for 834 vacancies for constables.

The police are upbeat about their recruitment drive this year, as they expect more to apply because of the economic downturn.

Mr Kwok said successful candidates could start training as soon as June.

The police are offering one of the most attractive remuneration packages in the annual Career and Education Expo, paying monthly wages of HK$30,370 for an inspector with a university degree.

At the Wan Chai expo, police will set up a training range that allows visitors to shoot - using a laser indicator fixed on real revolvers - at targets in crime scenes played on a video. Some equipment will also be on display. There will also be presentations by officers from elite units such as the Special Duties Unit, Airport Security Unit and Police Tactical Unit.

'We hope job seekers can learn something about our work as police officers at the expo,' Mr Kwok said.

Raymond Mak Kwai-sing, a retired veteran of 28 years on the force, said recruiters will look for more than physical fitness in candidates.

'Leadership and psychological assets, especially the ability to work under stress, are important,' he said.

Permanent Hong Kong residents from overseas and the mainland can apply.

All applicants should be able to read and write Chinese and English, and speak fluent Cantonese.