Police held an opening ceremony for the Tseung Kwan O Police District Friday to mark its upgrading to an independent police district.
Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung, accompanied by Regional Commander of Kowloon East Region Duncan McCosh, inaugurated the new police district. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony.
The Tseung Kwan O Police division was established under the Kwun Tong Police District in 1992.
In view of the rapid development and population growth of Tseung Kwan O, the police force decided to upgrade the Tseung Kwan O Police division to meet the policing needs of the community.
The newly established Tseung Kwan O Police District comprises 434 officers, led by a chief superintendent and deputy commander. It includes a crime squad, an anti-triad section and an intelligence section.
Also, it has a police community relations office, a senior police call and junior police call units.
Tseung Kwan O has a population of more than 440,000, expected to reach 500,000 by 2024.
The Tseung Kwan O industrial estate boasts a growing cluster of broadcasting companies, data centers and high-tech firms.
The new police district will also cover the nearby Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Sai Kung, an idyllic, affluent low-density residential area that has been hit by an alarming spike in burglaries and thefts.
Local district councilors have been lobbying since 2000 for a new police district there.
A Legislative Council document shows that in 2013 alone, 2,915 crimes were reported in Tseung Kwan O, more than two times the optimal 1,200 cases a police sub-district can handle.
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