SOME young policemen walking the beat are abusing their authority by asking for the identification documents of attractive women - and later phoning them for dates, force sources have admitted. A force spokesman said officers had the right to ask for the name, address, occupation and telephone number of any 'suspect', but they could only call them to discuss official business. Any complaints are registered with the Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO). Complaints and internal investigations Superintendent Philip Hubbard said he knew there were objections relating to improper contact between police and the public. Constable Tse, who asked that his full name not be used, said he had seen colleagues 'pick up' girls by flashing their badges during his two years with the force. 'I know many officers who have done this. I doubt it would be a good way to meet girls, but some officers seem to think it's fun,' he said. 'When we're walking the beat, we notice pretty girls and comment on them. When policemen see pretty girls, they often just want to know her name. We try to strike up a conversation with them to see if they show interest. 'They're usually so upset that we asked for their IDs in the first place, they don't,' he said. Most women were embarrassed when asked for their identity cards and could become antagonistic towards her would-be pursuer. If the women were obviously angry, the constables dropped the game. 'We once heard of a case where a policeman tried this tactic on a woman and she made a formal complaint. We don't want to take this risk,' he added. One 'target', 21-year-old Amanda Wong, was approached by an officer while standing on a busy street corner. 'It was right outside Kwun Tong Police Station,' she said. 'I went in to report my stolen wallet, and then an officer offered me a ride home.' Ms Wong said she was tired and thought she would be safe accepting a lift from a police officer. But he telephoned her a few days later and invited her out. 'I had no idea who he was but when I found out, I was a little irritated that he actually called me,' she said. Ms Wong, who gave her address, telephone number and other details when reporting the theft, made no formal complaint and eventually began dating the officer. 'It only lasted one month,' she said. Last year, traffic officer Yip Lung-fai was convicted of indecent assault after he stopped a woman in her car, fondled her and then followed up with harassing phone calls. He was sentenced to two months in prison.