Elite police unit cuts tests time

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 June, 1997, 12:00am

The police's elite Special Duties Unit has halved the length of its selection process after officers expressed worries about their ability to endure a two-week test.

The decision was made after a survey of Police Tactical Unit officers found more might consider applying if the test period was shortened.

Chief Inspector Danko Au Yeung Chiu-kong said the aim was to attract more applications.

'The physical requirements for Special Duties Unit officers are not something impossible to achieve, it all depends on individual's determination and willpower,' Mr Au Yeung said.

The selection process includes tests of physical endurance, intelligence, independence and ability to work with others.

The unit's members, called Flying Tigers, will work closely with the VIP Protection Unit during the handover and will be on stand-by for emergencies.

Police Commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on has assured consular representatives of the force's capability and commitment to fight international terrorism after the handover.

The assurance was made during a visit by consular representatives to Police Tactical Unit headquarters on May 27.