Police officer escapes injury after accidentally discharging pistol

Training pistols modelled after the Glock model 17. A police officer in Hong Kong on Thursday accidentally discharged a  Glock 17 pistol. Photo: Reuters

A veteran police officer escaped injury when he accidentally discharged his handgun at a Marine Police base on Stonecutter Island on Thursday morning.

Friday, 26 July, 2013, 12:06am

Police in Wuhan build 'haunted house' to train new recruits

A police officer navigates the 'haunted house'. Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

The Wuhan Public Security Bureau’s new “haunted house” is a purpose-built facility literally used for testing the "psychological balance" of new police recruits.

2 May 2013 - 5:41pm

Brutal police? Look closer to home, US

A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street. Photo: AP

When it comes to brutality, abuse of power and the undermining of the freedom of assembly, our police can't hold a candle to their counterparts in the US. That's why it's amusing to read the latest US State Department report on human rights around the world, including its criticism of Asia's finest.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 13 comments

Brazil police officers arrested in probe over murder of two youths

A heavily-armed Brazilian policeman on duty in San Paolo. Photo: AP

Eight Brazilian military police officers were arrested on Monday as part of a probe into the murder of two youths after the fatal shooting was shown on television, the force said.

2 Apr 2013 - 1:32pm

We did not dump murder evidence: police

Andy Tsang Wai-hung

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung has denied a newspaper's allegations that the police threw away evidence in a recent murder case.

He was responding to yesterday's Apple Daily report claiming that 12 bags of items - including a pillow, a mattress and clothes, mostly bloodstained - were dumped by cleaners clearing the murder scene in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, on Wednesday.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:22am

Philippines to accuse police and soldiers in killings of 13 at checkpoint

Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Justice secretary Leila de Lima (left). Aquino has asked Lima to probe claims police and soldiers executed 13 people. Photo: AFP

Philippine investigators will file a murder case against 35 police officers and soldiers for allegedly executing 13 people at a road checkpoint in a plan by a police colonel to eliminate a rival in an illegal gambling operation, the justice secretary said on Wednesday.

7 Mar 2013 - 1:42pm

Police to don surveillance cameras for duty next month

Officers demonstrate how the video camera is worn at a press conference yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Police will soon begin testing tiny video cameras clipped to their uniforms, and people who block the lenses may be committing the crime of obstructing officers trying to do their duty, the police said yesterday. Senior superintendent of support Tse Sau-kong issued the warning at a press conference as he announced the six-month trial for 50 of the surveillance gadgets - about the size of cigarette packets - beginning on March 11.

23 Feb 2013 - 5:09am

Retiring Paul Hung 'comfortable' about police protest headcounts

Crowds at last year's July 1 annual rally. Photo: Felix Wong

After policing public protests for seven years, a senior police officer is retiring with a "comfortable" feeling about the force's sometimes controversial headcounts of protesters at rallies.

13 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

January 1 protest leaders were making trouble, Paul Hung says

Paul Hung Hak-wai

Leaders of a protest on January 1 were arrested because they were legally responsible for "making trouble" and also as part of a new tactic to disperse the crowd, a senior police officer said on the eve of his retirement.

13 Feb 2013 - 12:04pm

Police track source of fake property press release

Police are investigating the source of a document purporting to be an official press release saying that the government would announce new measures to rein in the property market.

The Secretariat Press Office referred the matter to police in a bid to ease fears among internet users after the document was widely circulated last week.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:30am

Ambiguous orders aren't new, police admit

Ambiguous police commands, such as to "pre-empt embarrassments" during the 2011 visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's, were not new, the force admitted yesterday.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

London police stole dead children's identities for undercover work

New Scotland Yard, headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police. Photo: AFP

The London Metropolitan police secretly authorised the practice for officers infiltrating protest groups without consulting or informing the children's parents.

5 Feb 2013 - 4:45am

Attack on police base in Kirkuk sees 30 dead, 70 hurt

Iraqi security personnel at the site of the attack. Photo: Reuters

A suicide car bomb followed by an assault by grenade-throwing gunmen on a police headquarters in a disputed ethnically-mixed city in north Iraq killed 30 people yesterday.

The vehicle that was detonated in central Kirkuk was painted to appear as though it was a police car, and the militants who sought to seize the compound were dressed as policemen, witnesses said.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:34am

Low success in cracking technology crime cases

Police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung

The police's success rate in cracking technology crime remains low amid a surge in the number of such cases in the city, the chief of the force says.

The rate of success in solving such crimes was just 15.4 per cent last year, when 3,015 cases were reported - up about 37 per cent from 2011, police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:42am

Northern Irish youths pelt Catholic church in latest ‘flag riots’

Loyalists react after being attacked by Nationalists throwing stones from the Nationalist Short Strand area of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Photo: EPA

Youths in Northern Ireland threw petrol bombs at police and rocks at a Catholic Church on Monday night as violence triggered by a decision not to raise the flag at Belfast city hall took on increasingly sectarian overtones.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:54am