Hong Kong police announce record low of 54,225 crime cases in 2018, as force celebrates 175th anniversary
- Senior city and state officials attend open day at police college in Wong Chuk Hang, with carnival atmosphere set to attract more than 12,000 visitors
- Crime statistics represent a 3.2 per cent drop from previous low the year before
Hong Kong police have announced they handled a record low number of crime cases in 2018, with a full breakdown to be released later this month.
Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung, speaking at an event to kick off a series of celebrations marking the force’s 175th anniversary on Saturday, said the number of crime cases reported last year was 3.2 per cent lower than the previous record in 2017.
Lo also cited a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong, which found police had achieved a new high in recognition from the public.
“The survey found that 84 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with our overall performance, among which half said they were highly satisfied,” Lo said.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor also praised officers for being “civilised and professional” in carrying out their duties.
“The security and order in Hong Kong, and the civilised and professional police force… have long been a golden name card when I promote our city overseas,” Lam said.
Lam cited a competitiveness report released by the World Economic Forum last October saying that, among the 140 assessed economic entities, Hong Kong ranked the sixth in terms of reliability of police services.
She also spoke highly of police for improving online interactions with the public.
“Police have about three times as many Facebook followers as me,” Lam said, referring to the force’s 150,000 followers on the social media platform.
Also present at the inauguration ceremony were senior city and state officials.
They included Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu, Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, director of the central government’s liaison office Wang Zhimin, deputy commissioner of the foreign affairs ministry Song Ru’an, and deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison Zheng Guoyao.
Four former police commissioners Tsang Yam-pui, Lee Ming-kwai, Tang King-shing and Tsang Kwok-hung were also present.
To commemorate the occasion, the police college in Wong Chuk Hang was turned into a carnival for more than 12,000 visitors on Saturday.
A total of 15 programmes were on show, including a studio to train officers with immersive experience technologies, a virtual reality shooting range and simulated close-quarters combat.
The force also put on a presentation of various professional skills, including marching, working with police dogs, a police motorcade escort and anti-terrorism demonstrations by the Special Duties Unit, the elite squad also known as the “Flying Tigers”.
More celebratory events will be held throughout the year, including a police station open day and the issuance of special stamps.