Following is the translated version of a speech by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Dick Lee Ming-kwai, today (March 12) at the opening ceremony of the Arsenal House, Police Headquarters today.
Acting Chief Executive, Secretary for Security, honoured guests and colleagues:
Welcome to the Opening Ceremony of Arsenal House, Police Headquarters. I am especially indebted to Mr Donald Tsang who despite his busy schedule honours us today by officiating at this ceremony.
The completion and opening of Arsenal House and the new adjacent Central Police Station are a source of great gratification to the Force. The Force takes justifiable pride in this state-of-the-art complex, which serves to reflect our commitment to continuous improvement and our strive for excellence.
This new complex cost $2.08 billion, one third less than the original budget of approximately $3.23 billion, and took nearly four years to construct. Upon completion, more than 3,800 officers and civilians from formations previously accommodated in leased commercial premises and Headquarter units scattered in various other police premises are now accommodated here. This not only achieves significant savings of up to $34 million in rent annually for the government, but also enhances our overall efficiency by pooling our resources under one roof.
Our public interface offices, including the Police Licensing Office, Media Briefing Room, Crime Prevention Bureau's Display Room and Recruitment Division's Reception Office are now all housed in this new complex. The adjacent Central Police Station also provides customer-oriented and quality service to the public.
Our operational efficiency and service to the public is enhanced by the extensive use of new technology within the complex. The complex is installed with modern combined fibre optic cables and computer flooring. This will provide a platform to facilitate our continued benefit from current and future information technology developments. The auditorium, multi purpose hall, conference rooms are all fitted with advanced audio-visual equipment and video conferencing functions.
In a few days time Interpol and the Hong Kong Police Force will co-host the 15th Interpol Symposium for Heads of Police Training here in this new complex. This is the first time that the conference has been held outside of France. Delegates to the symposium from all over the world will gain first hand experience of the advancements made not only by Hong Kong as an international city, but also by the Hong Kong Police as one of the most modern police forces in the world.
This huge development project has only been made possible by the painstaking efforts of those involved in the project since its conception and, of course, with the support of the Architectural Services Department and their contractors. May I take this opportunity to extend my heart-felt thanks to you all for your excellent work.
Finally, may I thank you all here today for finding the time to attend today's ceremony and I hope that you enjoy your visit to Arsenal House.
Police Report No. 6
Ends/Saturday, March 12, 2005