Hong Kong Police Force nurtures bright futures

By Wong Yat-hei

If you've ever considered a career in the police force, graduate schemes can give you a taste of life on the beat, writes Wong Yat-hei

By Wong Yat-hei |

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Probation inspector Carmen Leung (left) and budding policeman Li Chun-kit.

It might not be as glamorous as the police dramas on TV, but joining the force is an appealing career choice for many young graduates. As with any government job, you are guaranteed a steady income and good benefits.

Keen to attract some of the city's brightest young talent, the Hong Kong Police Force runs a series of round-the-year recruitment programmes, including a recruitment day, the Auxiliary Undergraduate Scheme (AUS) and the Police Mentorship Programme (PMP).

Launched in 2003, the AUS aims to hire university students as auxiliary police constables for a few months. Non-final year students at local universities and higher education institutes can apply.

Those who are successful join the Auxiliary Police Force, gaining experience supporting the regular police force on its daily patrols.

Li Chun-kit, a third-year student studying surveying at the University of Hong Kong, decided to apply because he wanted to gain some experience outside the classroom.

"I saw the publicity campaign for the AUS when I first entered university," he says. "I think it is a great opportunity for me to [improve] my self-confidence and [give something back to] society."

During the summer holiday, Li went through three months of intensive training to prepare for the job.

"I learned how to manage my time and work under pressure. The training was very intensive," he says.

Li is now serving in the Chai Wan district, experiencing the everyday work of a police officer. He says taking part in daily policing has given him a better idea of the posts he might consider applying for in the future. After graduating, he hopes to become a probationary inspector.

The PMP was launched in 2004 to inspire high-calibre undergraduates to join the force as probationary inspectors after graduation. The graduates are paired with police mentors, who act as role models. Those taking part in the programme are also sent on police-related job attachments during the summer holiday.

Chief Inspector of Police Carmen Leung Oi-lam, who has served on the force for eight years, took part in the PMP. She joined the force as a probationary inspector after graduating from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) with a degree in business administration.

"The force came to the campus to promote the PMP and I was fascinated by the work, [especially] after listening to police mentors who were alumni of HKUST," she says.

Visits to different police departments and discussions with police mentors helped Leung decide that a career with the police was right for her.

"I had regular meetings with my mentors and they shared their policing knowledge with me. I also visited different police units," she says. "These activities [showed me] the culture of the force and I was inspired to join upon graduation."

PMP and AUS briefings will be held at universities and higher education institutes in October and November. Contact your careers centre to find out more.