This book is one of the first to document the challenges and opportunities facing the Hong Kong police force following the reversion of political authority from the UK to China in 1997. Thematically organized and oriented towards those issues of greatest concern to the public, such as police accountability, assaults on police, police deployment, surveillance powers, and policing across borders, it provides a detailed discussion of these and other contemporary issues. The opening chapter sets the work within historical context while the final chapter provides a comparison of policing in Hong Kong with public security in the PRC. The book will be of value to students and researchers working in the area of comparative policing, and comparative criminal justice, as well as police professionals, and policy-makers.
Professor K.C. Wong is Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was formerly an Inspector of Police with the Hong Kong Police and was awarded the Commissioner's High Commendation. He has practiced and taught law in both the US and Hong Kong. His areas of expertise are: Policing in China, Policing in Hong Kong, Comparative policing, Chinese law, Sociology of Law, and the USA Patriot Act. He has published extensively in these and related areas.
’Policing in Hong Kong is the first scholarly book to explore the subject matter in a systematic and comprehensive way; with local perspective, rich data and personal experience in the mix. As a former Hong Kong Police Inspector and a leading authority in Chinese policing, the author has given us a highly readable and deeply engaging treatise that helps us understand policing in Hong Kong, historically (1841), contemporarily (1997) and comparatively (with China). This is a must read for comparative police scholars.’ Dilip K. Das, Founding President, International Police Executive Symposium, IPES ’Hong Kong makes for an interesting comparison of one country, two systems of policing in action. The book is not skittish about revealing circumstances that have led to abuses of power demonstrating Acton’s adage: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It offers an eye into police reform and the challenges of policing in an evolving Democratic society.’ Paul C. Friday, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA '... for scholars interested in the transformation of the police function under conditions of natural experiments - besides Hong Kong, the reform efforts of policing in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the various new states of the former Soviet Union serve as additional examples - Kam Wong's work will be an indispensable guide for further research.' Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Books 'Wong’s book not only makes a real contribution to the sociological understanding of policing by adopting a cultural perspective, but also moves towards an indigenization of police studies by taking Chinese characteristics into account in regard to various policing issues'. The China Journal 'Dr. Wong is very competent in his field ... this book could be useful for students and scholars who are interested in policing as well as for police practitioners.' International Criminal Justice Review