Opportunity for public to see Hong Kong elite police units up close at open day to celebrate force’s 175th anniversary
- Open day will take place over two weekends in January at Wong Chuk Hang. A limited number of free tickets are available from Sunday
- Independent Commission Against Corruption will also open its premises to visitors in February and March to mark its 45th anniversary
Hong Kong police’s elites teams, including those commonly known as Flying Tigers and G4, will perform next month at the Police College to members of the public to kick off the force’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
The open day, which will be held in Wong Chuk Hang over the second and third weekend in January, will also showcase the police’s firearms and equipment, such as armoured vehicles from the Police Tactical Unit, the force said on Thursday.
But the three controversial antiriot vehicles with water cannons will not be available for display as the newly arrived Mercedes-Benz cars are still going through tests.
“[The objective is] to showcase the professionalism of the police force. By attending these celebratory events, generally members of public can have more opportunities to see the work the police do,” said Edwina Lau Chi-wai, the director of the Hong Kong Police College
“And to understand more about our work and culture so as to enhance our relationships.”
Attendees may also see a joint anti-terrorism exercise by the Counter Terrorism Response Team and also how officers from the Special Duties Unit, or Flying Tigers, and VIP Protection Unit, formerly known as G4, overcome obstacles in their line of work.
The exhibition area will also show the historical development and achievements of the force in recent years.
There will be 12,000 free tickets available from Sunday at the Eastern District Junior Police Call Clubhouse, Aberdeen Kaifong Welfare Association and 15 police stations. Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis and members of the public are entitled to two tickets per person.
The College’s deputy director Chan Man-tak has warned against ticket touting and said the force would investigate any related illegal activities.
Formed in May 1, 1844, the force evolved from its initial wide remit, embracing matters as firefighting, prisons and immigration, to taking on the role of a traditional police service.
As of March 31 this year, the force has a strength of 29,300 uniformed officers, of which 16.9 per cent are women officers.
Other commemorative events including giving guided tours in historical police buildings to members of the public next year. These included The Peak and Sham Shui Po police stations, which are categorised as Grade III Historic Building.
Separately, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will open up its facilities to the public on two consecutive weekends in February and March next year to mark its 45th anniversary.
The agency will open its detention centre to the public for the first time.
Members of the public can join guided tours of various facilities such as the identification parade suite and firearms display.
Online applications for admission tickets opened on Thursday on the ICAC website and will remain open till December 28.