Hong Kong media: Hong Kong police hires 1,000 retired police officers, 100 ofwhom will start work today
[Global Network Report] Hong Kong Police Commissioner Deng Qiangbing haspreviously announced that he will re-employ 1,000 retired police officers tosupport logistics. Hong Kong's "Sing Tao Daily" newspaper quotedsources as saying on the 31st that the first batch of about 100 retired policeofficers who have been hired officially started work today (31st) and resumedwork at the Criminal Headquarters and the Military Uniform. For cases relatedto the "revised regulations incident", confessions were taken andserved as police officers. The Sing Tao Daily reported that the policeforce had rehired about 1,000 retired police officers to "send moretroops," including police officers who served as chief inspectors, for aterm of two and a half years. Among them, the first batch of about 100Hong Kong retired police officers completed formalities such as signing lettersof appointment, affidavits, handling work permits, and receiving equipment, andformally started work on the 31st.
It is understood that the 100 Hong Kong retired police officers are mainlypolice officers, chiefs of police and chiefs of police stations and inspectors. Basedon their past work experience and background, the police will assignappropriate new positions, including assignment to criminal headquarters andconducting investigations. They will also be responsible for militaryuniforms. In addition to joining the patrol, they can also be on duty atthe police station.
According to the report, criminal officials mainly assist in investigatingcases related to "revision of disputes", obtaining confessions,reading video surveillance clips, etc.
As all retired police officers employed this time have retired for less thantwo years, it is reported that the police will arrange for them to take anothertest so that those who meet the requirements can be issued firearms.
At the same time, the new uniforms were stored in a police materials warehousefor emergency needs. Retired police officers responsible for militaryuniforms can get new uniforms immediately. If the appropriate uniformscannot be allocated in time, they can be arranged to do the logisticsfirst. As for those responsible for internal criminal investigations, suchas taking statements and not involving arrests, they do not need to wearuniforms.
It is understood that more retired police officers will formally "gohome" in January, with more than 200 expected. The rest are expectedto be reported in batches in February and March next year.
At a press conference at the end of November, the Chief Superintendent of thePublic Relations Division of the Hong Kong Police Force, Mr Kwok Ka-chuen, saidthat the police needed more staff to support front-linecolleagues. Following the Correctional Services Department, theImmigration Department and Customs have also joined the police to performspecial tasks. Guo Jiaquan said that since 2015, the Civil Service hasallowed retired police officers to return to the police force throughcontracts. Many of them want to "join the same boat" to restorepeace in Hong Kong, and the police will take this opportunity to hire retiredpolice officers. He revealed that the police force will employ about 1,000retirees to return to the police force on a contract basis. They willassist in finding evidence, serving as duty officers and handling complaints.
(Original title: Another online "reinforcement"! Hong Kong media:Hong Kong police employs 1,000 retired police officers, and the first 100 willstart working today)