British police want to recruit officers from Hong Kong to help relations with the ethnic Chinese community. The move will begin next month at a meeting between leading figures in the Chinese community and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Condon. It was largely initiated by the only Chinese member of the force's public liaison committee, Thomas Chan. More than 50 Hong Kong Chinese community leaders from around London have been invited to the meeting. There are only 20 ethnic Chinese police officers in the 28,000 strong force. A Chinese Liaison Unit is based at one central London police station to concentrate on elements such as triad crime, but elsewhere co-operation is not always good. Officers working on the murder last year of two illegal immigrants from Fujian complained they received hardly any information from the community. No one has been arrested. Mr Chan, who organised the September 16 meeting with Sir Paul, said there was an under-reporting of crime within the community. 'People might report a late-night disturbance at a Chinese take-away for instance, but it's quite likely that will be at the same time as the police are stretched to the limits with other incidents such as fighting in pubs.' The community needed to understand how the police worked and put their priorities into action, he said. Another problem was that ethnic minority communities needed to see their members being promoted to senior positions, Mr Chan said.