Hong Kong has a new police commissioner. He was nominated by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, but we don't know much about Stephen Lo Wai-chung.
Although the central government, or more accurately the State Council, has the authority to appoint the commissioner of police, the appointee for such an important role should be well-known and have a good public image. After all, the commissioner is in charge of public security. It is not too much to ask for a commissioner who is respected by the public.
Lo has already spoken to reporters about his responsibilities of "counter-terrorism and fighting cyber crime". Let's hope he fulfils these duties with transparency, because there have been many complaints since the Umbrella Movement that the police are targeting "keyboard warriors", while trying to get more personal information from social networks.
Lee Shing-fung, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College
Thank you for your letter, Shing-fung. There were a lot of charges placed by the police during the protests, and that was to be expected. That is what police do - arrest those who break the law, or who they think have broken the law. But it was satisfying to note that our judiciary seemed to dismiss most of those charges with good speed.
We can always look up the commissioner's online profile. As they say, the internet works both ways. We can see from his profile that he has been in the police since 1984. He has a qualification in Social Sciences and he seems to have had a good career with a lot of overseas training.
While it is important for the people to trust the police, as for choosing their leader, it's not a matter of pleasing the public. Police commissioners are usually appointed, as ours has been.