Hong Kong Special Duties
POLICE TACTICAL UNIT (PTU)
The Special Duties Unit is the elite counterterrorism
team within the Hong Kong Police Tactical Unit (PTU).
1999 was a busy year for the PTU. The PTU Companies
spent thousands of man-hours deployed in major operations
including maintaining the cordon and venue security
during the various ceremonies connected with the Handover
and protecting the venue of the WB/IMF Annual Meetings.
They also performed crowd control during major public
events such as the opening of the Tsing Ma Bridge
and fireworks displays. The PTU Companies were also
committed to assisting the Correctional Services Department
in case of major disorders in VM detention centres
and various anti-II operations.
PTU training concentrates on teaching the concepts
of internal security, anti-crime and crowd control.
During the 12 weeks of training the programme is designed
to supplement the basic skills which the trainees
have acquired during their basic training at the Police
Training School plus their experience accumulated
in day-to-day policing. The PTU Companies' team work
is second to none with all 170 officers redeployed
en mass from their home Regions for the duration of
the attachment, currently 48 weeks. Each of the 12
Companies, which now include a proportion of female
officers, commences life with a four week cadre course
for the Company Headquarters personnel, Inspectors,
and Non-Commissioned Officers. This allows the Company's
supervisory officers an opportunity to refresh their
leadership skills and learn the fundamentals of their
role before the remainder of the Company join. After
passing out from the PTU, each Company will spend
16 weeks performing anti-illegal immigration duties
along the land border, before heading back to their
home Region to provide the Regional Commander with
a well-trained and highly motivated reserve of manpower.
The PTU Companies receive their training at the PTU
Headquarters at Fanling. The Unit shares this superb
facility with the Force's counter-terrorist expert,
the Special Duties Unit, which remains ready to deal
with the ever present, but thankfully infrequent,
threat of terrorism and serious and violent crimes.
Overview of Hong Kong Police Operations
The Wing is commanded by an Assistant Commissioner
and consists of the Operations Bureau, the Police
Tactical Unit, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
The Bureau, commanded by a Senior Bomb Disposal Officer,
is responsible for all bomb disposal work in the HKSAR.
Police Tactical Unit (PTU)
The PTU Headquarters is commanded by The Commandant
PTU, who is a Chief Superintendent, and comprised
the Training Section, the Administration Section and
the Special Duties Unit.
Special Duties Unit
The Bureau, commanded by a Senior Superintendent,
comprises the Operations Division, the Counter-Terrorism
and Internal Security Division, and the Key Points
and Search Division which includes the Police Dog
Unit. The Bureau deals mainly with the staffing of
operational matters which include the formulation
and dissemination of relevant Force policies. Indiviudally,
the Operations Division is charged with the responsibilities
of collating resource requirements and monitoring
of territorial and regional plans in illegal immigration,
Vietnamese migrants, major disasters, search and rescue
operations and crowd management events. The remaining
two Divisions handle matters relating to internal
security and counter-terrorism. The Police Dog Unit
is responsible for the deployment of dogs throughout
the Force and for giving expert advice to formations
concerning their use.
Commanded by an Assistant Commissioner, the Wing
consists of the Support Bureau, the Police Public
Relations Branch and the Traffic Branch Headquarters.
The Commissioner of Police is the Societies Officer,
a role which he exercises through the Licensing Office.
The Commissioner is also the licensing authority for
various licences and permits issued under Ordinances
covering Firearms and Ammunition, Weapons, Security
and Guarding Services, Pawnbrokers, Massage Establishments,
and the Dutiable Commodities (Liquor) Regulations.
Where possible, the authority for licensing is devolved
from the Force to other government agencies or departments.
Police Public Relations Branch
Commanded by a Chief Superintendent, the Police Public
Relations Branch consists of two Bureaux: the Community
Relations Bureau and the Information and Publicity
Bureau. The Branch is responsible for explaining the
work of the Force and maintaining good relations with
Commanded by a Senior Superintendent, the Bureau
comprises the Field, General and Licensing divisions
responsible for the staffing of matters affecting
operational support and the formulation and dissemination
of related policy.
The Bureau strives to provide better services to
the public. During 1997, customer service was improved
through the implementation of a number of technologies
for the 999 emergency call service; and measures to
ensure continued maximization of the deployment of
available uniformed officers in Land Regions on outdoor
duties. Procedures in connection with the Access to
Information and Personal Data Privacy are also coordinated
by the Bureau.
It is responsible for coordinating policy matters
relating to equipment, uniforms and firearms. Projects
undertaken in the year included a review of investigation
procedures in open fire cases; the introduction of
several new items of equipment and uniforms; and the
embarkation of a complete review of Force working
Traffic Branch Headquarters
Commanded by a Chief Superintendent, the Traffic
Branch Headquarters has three main components: the
Traffic Management Bureau, the Central Traffic Prosecutions
Bureau, and the Administration Bureau.
The Traffic Branch Headquarters is responsible for
the formulation and dissemination of the Commissioner's
traffic enforcement policies, the collation of related
resource requirements, the processing of traffic summons
and fixed penalty tickets, the monitoring of changes
in traffic legislation, the development and evaluation
of traffic management schemes, and the coordination
of the Force's road safety efforts. It is also responsible
for the administration of the Traffic Warden Corps,
who assist the Police in the control of traffic and
enforcement of parking offences.