THE ICAC is poised to get broader access to police recruit training courses under plans outlined in the first comprehensive review in 20 years of the force corruption strategy. It is understood the development of a code of ethics - in addition to better education and promotion - is also an integral part of the plan. The ICAC's Corruption Prevention Department will lead a review of all police initiatives undertaken since 1974 to determine if their recommendations have been fully implemented. The proposals will be discussed next week at the historic first meeting of an ICAC-police strategy steering committee. It follows an endorsement last week by Commissioner, Eddie Hui Ki-on, and his chiefs of staff of a package of anti-corruption principles. These proposals have been put together in the past six months during a broad consultation process conducted in the wake of a series of ICAC raids last year in which scores of officers were arrested. This included the detention of 48 people, including nine senior officers, in Mongkok in relation to a sophisticated vice protection racket. ICAC Acting Director of Investigations, Daniel Li Ming-chak, said the unveiling of the steering committee marked an important step forward in the bid to eradicate opportunities for graft. 'We are looking hopefully at procedures that can identify areas where there is the potential for police corruption and how to attack it,' he said. 'This is a worthwhile and significant move.' Leading the police's charge toward the setting of ethical benchmarks is the Service Quality Wing, a branch set up last year to review all force activities and boost efficiency. It wants to recruit a human behavioural scientist to help pinpoint reasons in the development of corruption. There is also the prospect of ICAC operations officers getting bigger opportunities to give ethics training and guidance - not just at recruit level but through continuation training. So far this year, police complaints have remained stable after a 10 per cent rise in 1994. The steering committee is to be headed by the Senior Assistant Commissioner (Management Services) Pedro Ching Kwok-hoo, who has overall responsibility for force complaints and corruption prevention. He will be supported by senior officers from all major formations plus the assistant directors from the ICAC's three main departments: operations, corruption prevention and community relations. Mr Ching was unable to comment last night but confirmed that a meeting would take place next week. Police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Eric Lockeyear, said the new strategy showed the force's determination to improve performance and standards. 'The first thing to realise is that we are taking the initiative in all of this,' he said. 'This is a strategy that is aimed at trying to produce a corruption-free work environment. This is our commitment to quality of service.' The police plan is twofold: firstly to identify areas with a potential for graft and procedures to counter its spread and, second, highlighting the types of behaviour and cultural climate in which officers might become susceptible to temptation.