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Policing in Hong Kong

History and Reform, 1st Edition

By Kam C. Wong


544 pages

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The HKP (Hong Kong Police), ‘Asia’s Finest’, is a battle-tested professional organization with strong leadership, competent staff, and deep culture. It is also a continuously learning and reforming agency in pursuit of organisational excellence. Policing in Hong Kong: History and Reform is the first and only book on the development of the Hong Kong Police from an inside out and bottom up perspective. Written by a scholar and veteran of the HKP, it is an amalgamation of indigenous theory and supporting data.

Part One begins by describing the development of police studies in Hong Kong as an emerging field since the 1990s. It supplies an analytical and empirical construct of colonial policing as well as a theoretical assessment. It discusses the nature, topologies, conduct, impact, and assessment of police reform. The book demonstrates how colonial policing in Hong Kong and elsewhere takes on the community’s local color and hue in practice. Colonial policing in Hong Kong is "policing with Chinese characteristics."

Part Two tracks the history of the HKP’s formation in the 1840s and examines how colonial policing in Hong Kong has changed over time. It describes the HKP’s four distinctive reform periods: the formation period (1845), the reorganisation period (1872), the modernisation period (1950s), and finally, the decolonisation period (1990s). It argues that HKP reform in the1950s was the pivotal point in transforming the HKP from a colonial force into a civil one by way of localisation, legalisation, modernisation, communalisation, and organisation.

Overall, the book questions previously accepted colonial history, and in doing so, contributes to our understanding of challenges and opportunities facing HKP after the reversion of political authority from England to China.

Table of Contents

COLONIAL POLICING WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS. Study of Policing in Hong Kong. Debating Colonial Policing. Assessing Colonial Policing. Policing with Hong Kong Characteristics. POLICE REFORM IN 1950S. Police Reform Literature. Policing in Colonial Hong Kong. Formation of Hong Kong Police in the 1840s. HKP Reform in the 1950s: Context and Framework. HKP Reform: The 1950s.

About the Author

Professor Kam C. Wong teaches at the Department of Criminal Justice, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he once was a chairperson. Concurrently, he is a faculty fellow at the School of Criminal Justice, SUNY–Albany, New York. An Inspector of Police with the Hong Kong Police, Dr. Wong was awarded the Commissioner’s High Commendation. Currently, he is an Honorary Fellow at the Center for Criminology at Hong Kong University. Professor Wong is a legal consultant to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on Chinese law issues; an expert consultant to U.K. Beirut Police Integrity Workshop, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; an expert observer at the United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders; and an expert consultant to HKP and Ministry of Public Security, People’s Republic of China.

About the Series

Advances in Police Theory and Practice

Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology