Local universities will help train police officers in the more academic aspects of the law enforcement field, officials said yesterday. University of Hong Kong criminologist Chu Yiu-kong said the force had released an open call for tender for local universities to train officers in academic subjects such as law and criminology, starting as early as June. 'The training provided by the police force is relatively traditional, so local universities [can] take part in providing courses such as criminology, law and police studies,' he said. The university courses will be held at the Police Training School in Wong Chuk Hang, which is to be renamed Police College later this year. Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai said yesterday the force was expecting responses to the call soon. The plan was to start with 'basic training where academic studies and theoretical studies will be taught by lecturers from local universities,' he said, adding that professional skills would still be taught by senior police trainers. Speaking at the 15th Interpol Symposium for Heads of Police Training, the police chief said he hoped credits gained from the courses would be recognised by universities if officers wanted to pursue further studies. He also looked forward to the revamped police college providing courses for officers from overseas.