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Correctional Services Department to launch Assistant Officer II recruitment exercise (with photos)

     The Correctional Services Department will launch a new exercise tomorrow to recruit 175 Assistant Officers II, the Principal of the Staff Training Institute, Mr Tse Siu-fung, said today (July 18).

     Applicants are required to undergo a physical fitness test, group interview, individual interview, aptitude test and the Basic Law test.

     Mr Tse mentioned that only about 60 per cent of candidates have passed the physical fitness test previously.

     He suggested that applicants should enhance their physical fitness through training and pay attention to current issues, especially those related to the Department. Good communication and analytical skills are essential for the post.

     Mr Tse said new recruits would undergo 23-weeks of residential training. The recruit training programme includes the laws of Hong Kong, psychology, foot drill, physical fitness, tactical training and weapon training, which will enable the trainees to build their self-confidence, team spirit and discipline.

     To meet daily operational needs, scenario training and mock exercises will be provided so that the trainees can learn how to apply the knowledge effectively, use various types of security equipment and respond to emergency situations.

     Mr Singh Baljeet, Assistant Officer II of the Escort and Support Group, whose father and grandfather also served in the Correctional Services Department, stated that the Department had always aimed to provide a secure and decent environment for persons in custody. Mr Singh can speak several languages including Punjabi and Indian, which enable him to perform well in supervision work and communicate with inmates of different nationalities effectively.

    Currently, over 50 non-ethnic Chinese staff members are working in different correctional institutions. Mr Singh encouraged other non-ethnic Chinese to apply for the post in the Correctional Services Department to serve the community.

    Mr Tse said, "The Staff Training Institute will continue to share its experience in tactical training with its counterparts in different countries. For example, representatives from the Institute visited the Guangdong Justice Police Vocational College and conducted a 3-day low impact control training course for prison officers and instructors from 17 provinces and cities in early July. In the coming few months, we will continue to develop other corresponding tactical training courses for the Department as well as the Macau Prison and other local disciplinary forces with a view to promoting exchanges and sharing."

     Further information about entry requirements and other details of the post of Assistant Officer II will be available on the following website tomorrow: .

Ends/Thursday, July 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:40


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