Hong Kong’s police force will have its first female deputy commissioner in its 173-year history.
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Chiu Wai-yin will assume office as one of the two deputy commissioners from July 8, the Hong Kong Police Force announced.
Chiu, 54, joined as an inspector in 1983, was promoted to senior superintendent in 2002 and chief superintendent in 2006. She became assistant commissioner in 2011 and the first woman senior assistant police chief in 2014.
Chiu has been director of management services and director of personnel training. She will replace the outgoing deputy commissioner in charge of management, Alfred Chau Kwok-leung, who retires on Friday.
In her more than 33 years in the police force, Chiu has served in posts encompassing criminal intelligence, narcotics, international liaison, training, divisional, district and regional commands as well as operation policy and support at the headquarters level.
During the 2014 Occupy Movement, Chiu questioned the motivations of the young protesters in a radio program, saying they “just want to do something to do something”.
Still, Chiu believes the police force must maintain political neutrality. “There are many people injured, though it is not caused by the force … but our frontline officers also feel bad about it,” she had said.
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