Name: Ben Wong Sun-lun Age: 30 Occupation: Police constable of emergency unit Young Post: Why did you become a policeman? Wong: When I was in Form Four, I helped catch a man who stole a shirt from a boutique in Tsim Sha Tsui. I was at the scene so I chased after him. I ran several streets and eventually caught the thief. After this incident, I started thinking about becoming a policeman. After I graduated from Form Five, I applied to join the police force. I have served in different units over the past 10 years, such as patrol sub-unit, police tactical unit and miscellaneous enquiry sub-unit. Now I work in the Number Four Platoon of the New Territories South emergency unit. YP: What are the duties of the emergency unit? W: We patrol the streets every day and receive orders through walkie-talkies from the control centre. We are different from the patrol sub-unit because we usually deal with more serious cases, such as robberies and bomb investigations. We also help to save people in serious accidents, for example, when a double-decker bus plunged off a flyover on Tuen Mun Road in 2003, killing 21 people. YP: What was the most significant case you were involved in? W: In 2003, an unemployed man attempted to commit suicide in his flat after a row with his wife. He cut the gas tube in the kitchen and threatened to blow himself up with a lighter. It was a very dangerous situation because it could have caused an explosion and hurt a lot of people. We tried to persuade him not to do it and, when he was distracted, I rushed forward and grabbed the lighter. I was very happy that we saved his life and prevented a tragedy. YP: Have you come across any challenges? W: Yes. My grades were poor in secondary school. In the police force, we have to read a lot of English reports, and sometimes we have to communicate with our foreign commanders. It was difficult for me at the beginning. I realised I had weaknesses, so I took some certificate courses after work to improve my skills and knowledge. Although the education requirements of a policeman are not high, young people who are interested in joining the force should note that poor academic results could hinder their prospects. YP: What was your happiest moment as a police constable? W: When I won the Best Police Constable of Platoon award in 2002. I was in the police tactical unit and I was awarded a silver whistle, which is a great honour in the police force. The award was a recognition of my efforts and encouraged me to work harder. I will be taking a test - which consists of a written exam and an interview - for the post of sergeant later this month. I hope I will succeed.