Retiring chief urges new officers to be wise, kind
Police chief Tang King-shing inspected his last passing-out parade of new officers yesterday before he steps down as commissioner tomorrow.
A total of 31 probationary inspectors and 204 recruit constables formally made the grade before Tang at the Hong Kong Police College yesterday. Tang will be replaced by new commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung, 52, on Tuesday.
In his final speech as police commissioner, Tang, 56, reminded the new recruits to fulfil their mission and duty, rather than simply treating their work as an ordinary job.
'Your mission is to uphold the rule of law, to fight crime, and to safeguard and protect life and property, so that Hong Kong remains one of the safest and most stable societies in the world,' Tang said.
He added that police should also have the qualities of 'benevolence, wisdom and bravery'. 'The benevolent person is one with integrity and honesty, acts fairly and impartially, respects individual rights and shows understanding for others, and endeavours to work in partnership with the community and the public,' he said.
Tang leaves as the force faces a number of pressing issues. One of the key challenges is maintaining an even-handed approach in dealing with protests, amid criticism that police are doing Beijing's bidding.
The new chief also faces growing calls by police staff unions to address a slump in morale in the detective ranks due to a shortage of officers wanting to serve in the Criminal Investigation Department.
Tang urged graduates to show patience, understanding and care at work, and respect people regardless of their identities, be they victims, informants, witnesses or suspects.