Police, immigration and customs agencies are on a hiring spree for temporary “assistants” to bolster numbers ahead of the expected Occupy Central protest, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing unnamed source.
Police are understood to be recruiting “station assistants” for support roles such as supplying water and lunch boxes and setting up barricades, allowing police officers to focus on maintaining order on the ground.
The Civil Human Rights Front said the police are overreacting and the recruitment drive is not justified. It said the police have enough staff and can tap the Auxiliary Police and Civil Aid Service.
James To, chairman of the Legislative Council’s security panel, said the jobs are acceptable if the positions are only temporary.
Station assistants will be paid HK$100-128 an hour, will not wear uniforms, will be unarmed, and will be based in police stations, the report said.
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