THE Hong Kong police are among the finest in the world, but they still need help from the public in the battle against crime. Assisting nobly and splendidly in the cause is Junior Police Call (JPC), and their contribution was recognised at a special ceremony held recently. More than 70 outstanding JPC members, leaders, school clubs and district councils were commended for their services to the community and the fight-crime effort. The top honours in the four JPC categories went to Law Man-chiu (Best Member); Lo Heung-fai (Best JPC Leader); Ning Po College (Best School Club), and Central District JPC Council (Best JPC Council). The youngsters received their Hongkong Bank JPC Awards from Commissioner of Police Eddie Hui Kei-on, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Peter Wong Tsan-kwong, and Hongkong Bank assistant general manager Edwin Lau Chi-kit. The winners in the various sections received, in addition to commendation plaques, cash awards totalling $169,000. Man-chiu beat more than 180,000 JPC members to win this year's best member award. He attributed his success to a great enthusiasm for JPC activities. 'I feel most honoured and very happy,' the 16-year-old said. 'All my efforts over the years have paid off.' The Form Four student said he spent most of his spare time on various JPC activities. 'I've learnt a great deal from working as a student teacher, and as a volunteer. It's a good way to balance my school work, and contribute to our society.' Speaking at the prize-giving, Hongkong Bank's Mr Lau said the territory was at the crossroads in its history and needed its young people now more than ever. Although Hong Kong has one of the most respected police forces in the world, the territory still has to contend with widespread crime, Mr Lau said. 'Through teamwork, we can combat crime and make sure that we stay happy, affluent and strong individuals. 'The JPC awards represent this teamwork between school pupils, members of district councils, and the police and Hong Kong's youth,' he added. The JPC is the largest youth organisation in the territory with 184,000 members and 13,000 leaders.