Government officials will rebuild the existing memorial plaque for civil servants who die while on duty, but failed to answer police calls for a statue to be erected in the heart of the city. During a meeting between the Junior Police Officers’ Association and Civil Service Bureau officials yesterday, the bureau revealed plans to refurbish the plaque at Gallant Garden at Wo Hop Shek, but stressed that it was not a compromise offer to the police union’s call for a monument to be built at the government headquarters, the South China Morning Post has learned. “The bureau plans to tear down the current plaque and build a new one,” an insider told the Post . “It would be an in-wall plaque with the names of all deceased civil servants on it. There will also be road construction, and an open plaza will be built.” The source said the bureau came up with the idea simply because the plaque was old and needed to be repaired. READ MORE: Hong Kong government gives cool response to police call for monument to public servants who died on duty Junior police association president Joe Chan Cho-kwong welcomed the proposal, but said that he would not give up the campaign to have a monument erected at the government headquarters. “For sure we welcome any tributes to public servants killed while doing their jobs. The bureau’s plan sounds good too,” said Chan. “But our call still stands. Having one in the headquarters does have a greater symbolic meaning for all deceased civil servants.” Chan hoped the new plaque could be built by the autumn. He said the association would continue to discuss with the authorities how to take the proposal forward. The issue came to light when the Post revealed earlier that the government was not convinced by the proposal, as officials feared a prominent monument outside the government headquarters would become a magnet for protests. In October 2014, during the Occupy protests, pro-democracy messages were daubed on a memorial plaque to two Government Flying Service crewmen who died on duty in 2003. Phrases like “689 step down” (a reference to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying) and “I want real universal suffrage” were found on the metal plaque at Pak Kung Au on Lantau Island – close to where their helicopter crashed. READ MORE: Police probe vandalism to memorial plaque for dead air service crewmen The vandalism sparked fears that Gallant Garden would become the next target for protestors and prompted police patrols in the cemetery in the following days. Gallant Garden was built in Wo Hop Shek public cemetery in the northern New Territories in 1996 for civil servants who lost their lives on duty. it consists of 100 burial spaces, urn spaces and niches, as well as a memorial plaque at the entrance. The largest number of deceased from the disciplined services are police officers, followed by fire fighters.