THE number of police officers facing disciplinary hearings is soaring, but fewer are being dismissed for serious offences. The figures were obtained by the Sunday Morning Post as Police Commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on runs a force-wide consultation on vision, purpose and values in the force. Nineteen officers were dismissed for serious criminal and disciplinary offences in the first half of 1996, compared to 43 for the whole of last year and 41 in 1994. Superintendent (Discipline) John Phillips said the number of dismissals for 1996 was expected to be below that in past years. But the number of officers to face disciplinary hearings in the first half of 1996 was 108, compared to 169 for the whole of 1995 and 154 in 1994. The rise in hearings 'may be related to the increased vigilance within the force', Mr Phillips said. Only 36 officers were indicted in the first half of this year. The figure was 113 for the whole of 1995 and 140 for 1994. Common disciplinary offences included contravention of orders, neglect of duty and bringing the force into disrepute, Mr Phillips said. A four-way test was recently suggested to guide officers through moral dilemmas. Police were told to ask themselves: 'Will it uphold the Rule of Law?' and 'Is it fair to all concerned?' The test is part of a draft on the Development of Vision and Statement of Common Purpose and Values. All 40,000 civilian staff, regular and auxiliary officers are expected to take part in the consultation. 'The Hong Kong Police Force will strive to respond to the changing aspirations of our community, ensuring Hong Kong becomes a safer and more stable society,' stated the draft, under the heading Our Vision. Any changes to the statement were for the commissioner alone to determine, it said. 'However, should there be strong feeling within the force, then of course we want feedback,' a discussion guide noted.