Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui plans to retire at the end of the year after 36 years in the force. Sources say Mr Tsang has informed the Civil Service Branch of his intention and has recommended Deputy Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai to succeed him. Mr Tsang, the younger brother of Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, will turn 55 this year - the normal retirement age for a local senior officer in the disciplined forces unless the government approves an extension of service. He is expected to be given a multi-million dollar golden handshake plus a monthly pension of about $60,000, the sources said. Police have declined to comment on the report. Mr Tsang joined the police force as an inspector in January 1966. He had held a variety of posts in various formations, including duties in the Uniformed Branch, the Anti-Corruption Branch, the Illegal Immigration Intelligence Bureau and the Narcotics Bureau. He was also the district commander for Yau Ma Tei and Shamshuipo in 1984-1987, head of the Narcotics Bureau in 1988-1989, head of the Crime Wing in 1992-1994, regional commander Hong Kong Island in 1994, and director of crime and security responsible for both the Crime Wing and the Security Wing in 1995. Mr Tsang was deputy commissioner (management) in 1996-1999, responsible for all management aspects of the force. He took up the commissioner's post on the retirement of Eddie Hui Ki-on in January 2001. Mr Tsang's likely successor as commissioner, Mr Lee has served in various police formations during his 27 years' service. He was awarded the Colonial Police Medal and headed operations responsible for the handover ceremony in 1997. A cousin-in-law of the former police commissioner Mr Hui, Mr Lee is described by his fellow officers as a 'well-respected, smart and intelligent' officer. Earlier in his career, he had been on secondment as an instructor at the Bramshill Police College in England. He received a commendation for his handling of security during the handover in 1997. His measures included playing classical music over loudspeakers during a protest outside the Convention Centre on June 30 as mainland leaders attended ceremonies for the transfer of sovereignty.