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Special Duties Unit

New anti-terror unit to patrol city

Members of an elite new police counterterrorism unit will patrol some of Hong Kong's most prominent landmarks during the East Asian Games.

The unit, modelled on New York's Hercules team, will be ready when the Games start on December 5.

Sunday, 25 October, 2009, 12:00am

Blue Hats don red hats in charity drive

Police Tactical Unit members take on gruelling but fun challenges to raise money

Pulling an armoured vehicle using only a cable, fighting off 'attackers' while trying to commandeer a floating bridge in a swimming pool ... members of Hong Kong's Police Tactical Unit were out in force last week to help raise money for Operation Santa Claus.

27 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Holds welded to boat hull yield HK$5m haul of silver, iPhones

Marine police arrested five men and confiscated nearly 1 tonne of smuggled silver bars and more than 3,000 iPhones, worth HK$5 million, hidden in cargo holds welded to the outside of a fishing boat's hull yesterday.

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Not for the meek: Elite police unit seeks assault team leaders

It's that time of year again when the finest of Asia's finest are being called to duty by the Hong Kong Police's elite strike force, the Special Duties Unit.

This year it will focus on recruiting inspectors to lead assault teams. His or her responsibilities sound heavy, if the latest recruitment advert in the police's internal newspaper, Offbeat, is anything to go by.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

'I hope the police catch the bad guys'

Lying in his hospital bed, Shum Ho-yin told his favourite pop star, Kelly Chen Wai-lam, his dream was to become a member of the police force's elite anti-terrorist force, the Special Duties Unit, also known as the Flying Tigers.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


A senior official yesterday declined to comment on a Sunday Morning Post report that stated the budget of the police Special Duties Unit, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, could be slashed under the government's cost-cutting exercise.

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Cost cuts aimed at elite anti-terror unit

Hong Kong's elite anti-terrorist police unit, the Flying Tigers, has been targeted in a controversial cost-cutting shake-up at a time when the region is in the grip of a heightened terror alert.

16 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Crack team swoops on armed crime gang

An armed cross-border crime gang was arrested by a team of officers from the police force's crack Special Duties Unit in Tuen Mun yesterday.

More than 70 officers threw a land and sea cordon around the Tuen Mun promenade after police intelligence reports said a heavily armed gang would be in the area yesterday afternoon.

20 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Elite Flying Tigers to target mental strength

Police officers wanting to join the elite Flying Tigers will have to show they have brains as well as brawn under a new selection process.

11 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

'Flying Tigers' hurt in training helicopter plunge

Two officers from the 'Flying Tigers' police unit were injured when they fell eight metres from a helicopter during an anti-terrorist exercise at Kai Tak yesterday.

One of the officers, surnamed Ho, 25, was admitted to hospital in stable condition while his colleague, surnamed Lee, 27, was in satisfactory condition at Queen Elizabeth Hospital last night.

6 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Elite police unit cuts tests time

The police's elite Special Duties Unit has halved the length of its selection process after officers expressed worries about their ability to endure a two-week test.

The decision was made after a survey of Police Tactical Unit officers found more might consider applying if the test period was shortened.

26 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

How Flying Tigers recruits earn stripes

Wanted: super-fit trainees to grapple with sub-machineguns, grenades and knives, fight crime and combat international terrorists. Penchant for black balaclavas an advantage.

The elite but secretive Police Special Duties Unit came clean on some of its undercover work yesterday, spilling the beans on a new selection process for recruits.

23 May 1996 - 12:00am

Tigers roar as police secrets exposed

Secrets unveiled . . . Flying Tigers with their fire-resistant black balaclavas undergo some tough training which will last six months. Police yesterday revealed for the first time details of the secretive Special Duties Unit.

23 May 1996 - 12:00am

Officer's $6.8m in damages

A FORMER policeman who was accidentally shot in the chest while playing the part of a terrorist during a training exercise was awarded $6.8 million damages in the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Constable Chun Yat-nam, 35, attached to the Special Duties Unit (SDU), suffered brain damage after being hit by a plastic bullet fired by a colleague. The bullet was loaded by mistake.

7 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

High-speed fleet for unit

SOME $6 million has been set aside for new high-speed craft to boost the ability of the police's crack Special Duties Unit to fight seaborne terrorists in Hong Kong waters.

Sea trials of prototype rigid-inflatable boats capable of more than 50 knots will start soon, following Finance Branch approval of money for a small fleet.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am