Police investigate officer over indecent photos

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 April, 2011, 12:00am


Police are investigating an allegation that a member of a police band took up-skirt or otherwise indecent pictures of women during a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai last year.

The 36-year-old married saxophonist, a band member for more than 10 years, is said to have shown the pictures to a colleague who reported them to a superior.

A police spokesman confirmed the force had received a complaint about the misbehaviour of a police band member.

He said the case was under internal investigation and he would not comment on it. 'The police force is concerned about the behaviour and conduct of its officers. Any officer found breaching any regulation will be handled sternly,' he said.

A police officer said the officer under investigation had taken an examination for promotion to inspector and was awaiting the result.

He said the officer had taken photographs of female performers at the World Expo and showed them to other band members, one of whom reported it to a senior officer.

But another police officer said the senior officer had looked at the photos and found they were not up-skirt photos. He did not elaborate on the nature of the pictures.

'If [they were indecent] the senior officer would have taken action immediately,' he said.

Junior Police Officers' Association chairman Gary Wong Ching said that if any officer were found breaching any law or regulation outside Hong Kong, the force would deal with the matter strictly.

Lawmaker James To Kun-sun said if the allegation were true, it would seriously damage the reputation and international image of the police force and the city as a whole.

A 34-year-old police band member, found guilty last month of stealing food from a supermarket last year, will be sentenced this month.