Injured recruit jumps to her death at Police College

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 May, 2011, 12:00am


A woman recruit killed herself by jumping from a building at the Police College in Wong Chuk Hang yesterday, the first suicide of its kind at the institution.

The 23-year-old constable joined the force in January and had been undergoing training. She was found lying unconscious outside the new teaching block of the college in Ocean Park Road shortly before 6am. She was declared dead by paramedics at the scene.

Initial investigation showed that the woman jumped from the roof of the building, police said. A suicide note was found in her belongings in the dormitory.

Police said the recruit's behaviour before her suicide had not been unusual. 'We will talk to her colleagues, family members and instructors to establish why she committed suicide,' an officer said.

A police spokeswoman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. Crime squad officers from Western police are following up the case.

The recruit suffered a waist injury shortly after she joined the force. As a result, she was unable to take part in physical training and exercise, police said.

As her colleagues were preparing for a passing out parade in July, a police officer said it was possible she feared she could not graduate because of the injury.

'This might have led her to commit suicide. It's very sad,' the officer said, adding the recruit did well in her academic performance and instructors were satisfied with her. They were also considering extending her training to allow her time to recover.

Junior Police Officers' Association chairman Gary Wong Ching said it was the first suicide case at the police college.

A policeman plunged to his death in Tung Chung, Lantau, on March 9, nine days after another officer shot himself in a suicide bid outside Mong Kok police station.