Commissioner of Police Tang King-shing says his retirement next year will be in line with standard procedure, and denies rumours that he needs to seek psychological treatment for stress. 'I am in good health and have no problems working or playing sport at all,' Tang said yesterday, talking for the first time publicly about his retirement. Speculation arose early this month that he would retire in January, several months before he is required to. He will reach the final retirement age, 57, in May next year. Denying that he needed psychological treatment related to work stress, he said: 'I had never sought advice from a psychologist.' Tang has faced many challenges since he took the top job in the 28,000-strong force in 2007, with successes in security and crowd arrangements at the Olympic equestrian events in 2008 and the East Asian Games last year. But the force's reputation has been hit by a string of scandals, for which the chief has publicly apologised at least three times. Tang is known for experience in special operations, and was a member of the elite special-duties unit. 'The exact date of my retirement will be announced at a suitable time,' Tang said. 'My retirement is in line with standard procedure and this is not early retirement.' Tang's predecessor, Dick Lee Ming-kwai, left 10 months early to allow a smooth succession. Disciplined services, including the police, have a careful succession plan, and meet yearly with the Civil Service Bureau on succession issues, from junior to directorate grade, Tang said. Deputy Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung, 52, is tipped to become next commissioner.