Police Commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on is considering waiving the notice period for eight police inspectors if they want to leave the force by Monday. The officers risk prosecution if they carry out a threat to refuse to report for duty after the handover as they will not have served the required three months' notice. A police spokesman said yesterday police management would not oppose any officer's plan to resign before or after the handover. But he said the group of officers who say they do not wish to serve the post-handover government were not eligible to meet the criteria for early retirement with immediate full pension benefit. One of the officers concerned, senior inspector Chik Ki-wai, yesterday made a public statement of refusal to serve the SAR government. Inspector Chik said he expected changes in the law which would make it unbearable for him to continue. 'We don't want to betray our conscience if asked to enforce the laws on the spot,' Inspector Chik said, accompanied by Democratic legislator James To Kun-sun. But the group could face dismissal and the cancellation of their pensions for being absent from duty. Any officer who fails to report for duty for more than 21 days is also liable to imprisonment for 12 months on summary conviction. A senior police officer said: 'I think the officers' move has embarrassed Hong Kong, the force and themselves. We respect their choice to leave, but they are not eligible for what they are requesting.' The group, comprising two chief inspectors and six senior inspectors, do not want to resign and are asking for early retirement with immediate pension and compensation, the same as offered to expatriate colleagues employed under Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service. The inspectors have petitioned the Queen, the British Government and the Governor to not be compelled to serve as post-handover police. 'We are trying to preserve our oath to the Queen,' said Inspector Chik. Government House informed them on Monday their confidential petition would be given to the SAR government. The members of the group all have full British citizenship.