Metropolitan Police

Precedents for coroner's ruling

Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu's decision to direct the jury to return a narrative verdict - for the first time at an inquest in Hong Kong - follows the Court of First Instance's judicial review of the inquest into the death of a Nepali man shot by a policeman.

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011, 12:00am

The kettling controversy


What is kettling? It's a method of crowd control used by police during protests or other large gatherings of people. Police surround the crowd with a tight cordon of officers who will not let people leave the area, or only let them leave at one place. This has caused many complaints from protesters and bystanders.


16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Legislation has helped reduce incidents of racism in Britain

Agnes Ming Yuen's letter ('Anti-racism law hamstrung by colonial past', April 3) about my article ('A real world city needs a racial discrimination law', March 18), requires factual correction.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Suspensions of senior police rock Caymans

Britain's tiny Caribbean territory of the Cayman Islands has been rocked by the suspension of its most senior police officials, including the commissioner, while British Metropolitan Police officers investigate the local force.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Deputy police chief clarifies officer's situation

Deputy police commissioner Peter Yam Tat-wing issued a clarification last night in response to an Oriental Daily News report that a station sergeant had been sent out on patrol alone without a gun as punishment for having offended his superintendent.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

London's top cop in the firing line

In the pre-dawn hours of June 2, hundreds of police officers stormed a house in the normally peaceful east London suburb of Forest Gate in search of terrorists making chemical bombs.

18 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

No gambling link to shoot-out, says police chief

Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai said yesterday there was no evidence that illegal gambling was behind the shoot-out between two patrolling constables and an off-duty officer.

29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Why this policeman's lot is not a happy one

Despite more than three decades with London's Metropolitan Police and just six months after taking the top job, Sir Ian Blair is fighting his biggest battle yet - enemy forces inside his ranks and out.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's top woman officer follows a strict code of conduct

The first female assistant commissioner works hard and minds her behaviour

When Bonnie Smith joined the force in April 1973 as an inspector, female officers had just been granted the same pay as their male colleagues.

Thirty years later, she is the most senior female officer in the force.

23 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Family crimes 'block officer's promotion'

A police sergeant who claims he has been unfairly barred from promotion for life because some of his relatives have criminal records has launched a High Court challenge to the decision.

Chan Tak-keung, a sergeant who has been in the force 17 years, says he should not be held responsible for others' misdeeds.

26 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

On the top beat

Two senior police officers have been promoted to assistant commissioner: Mike Dowie and John Yuen Ying-lam.

7 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Street sweeper caught in crossfire

A street sweeper was shot in the leg when he was caught in the crossfire between police officers and two men on the run.

One of the suspects was also shot, in the right leg, and arrested.

The second suspect, who was not caught, had stolen an officer's firearm during a fracas, police said.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Police off

AT least 134 senior police officers have applied for retirement or resignation, Secretary for Security Peter Lai Hing-ling said. As of January 1, the number of applications for retirement and resignations from officers in the ranks of inspector to senior assistant commissioner totalled 134.

25 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Fear of police exodus behind promotion plan

A CORPS of officers is being tagged for accelerated promotion under plans to cope with an expected exodus of senior police in the run-up to the change of sovereignty.

It is understood the officers, mainly in ranks above superintendent, will be put in charge of sensitive operational posts.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Bid to get officers to pay tax on time

POLICE chiefs have begun a crackdown on officers who neglect to pay their tax on time.

Section commanders have recently been instructed to counsel police who have either failed to pay up or whose tax payments are deducted from their salary.

11 Apr 1994 - 12:00am