Updated at 6.30pm: Fewer Hong Kong police officers were experiencing unmanageable levels of debt or personal bankruptcy, the latest half-yearly survey by police revealed. Results of the survey, released on Tuesday, showed that the total number of police officers with unmanageable debt has dropped to 230 in the first half year of 2004. This represents a decrease of 43 cases, or 16 per cent, compared with the second half of 2003. A spokesman said the latest figures were back to levels recorded in 2001. Senior Superintendent (Staff Relations) Wong Wai-fung attributed the downward trend to the 'early intervention approach' used to help officers in debt. He said police would refer officers in need to a local financial institution - which offered them help. This is done before their indebtedness becomes unmanageable. Mr Wong said police would continue educating officers on debt rescheduling. Among officers having unmanageable debts, 121 were declared bankrupt. This represents a drop of 26 per cent or 42 cases less, compared with the second half of 2003, statistics revealed.