A police spokeswoman briefing Hong Kong media about a clearing operation at a Mong Kok protest site caused a stir on Friday — but not for what she said.
She had the wrong hat on.
Senior superintendent Catherine Kwan was wearing a regulation police cap but with a colonial badge on it when she gave the briefing to reporters, according to radio channel DBC.com.
Since the 1997 handover to China, the police in the former British colony have adopted a badge featuring the official Hong Kong emblem and five landmark buildings, replacing the royal insignia and a rendering of Victoria Harbor.
Established in 1844, the Hong Kong police first used a badge in 1934. The badge went through a second change in 1969 when Queen Elizabeth II gave the police force royal status, turning it into the Royal Hong Kong Police.
The latest version came with the change of sovereignty from Britain.
Kwan is from the promotion and research team in the police human resources department, according to the government directory.
She admitted the mistake but said it should not reflect on the image of the police force.
The mix-up sparked speculation there might be other police officers with colonial tops.
Or colonial mentality.
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