Brave negotiators save lives

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 June, 2010, 12:00am

My teammates and I recently interviewed three members of the Police Negotiator Cadre for our project. The cadre focuses on settling hostage situations and family disputes. The negotiators have resolved many crises.

Negotiators are policemen who do not get extra pay for their negotiation work. I wonder what society would be like without these selfless individuals.

Many Hong Kong people are selfish. They only care about making money.

Negotiators have as tough job and have to be on call anytime.

When it comes to jobs, it doesn't matter how much you're paid, but how much you contribute to society. I really respect Hong Kong's negotiators.

Kary Hung, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Kary. Communication can become a matter of life or death in a hostage situation, and it takes great skill for a negotiator to resolve the issue. This kind of intense, high-pressure work happens well away from public attention, and our only chance to get a glimpse of what it might be like usually comes from movies.

Many people in Hong Kong serve society without being paid. But you are right when you say people here focus on earning money. It seems this is the key objective that drives everyone in every sector of life. It also affects the way students here receive and perceive their education. The world would be a better place if we could all remember the service personnel who are always ready to help when we need them.

Susan, Editor