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Forty citizens commended for helping police fight crime (with photos)

     Forty citizens who helped the Police fight crime were commended at the Good Citizen Award (GCA) Presentation Ceremony today (February 24).
     Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Police Director of Crime and Security, Mr Lo Mung-hung, pointed out that the crime figures in 2015 decreased to the lowest record since 1979 as a result of a law-abiding community, the effective law enforcement by the Police and a close partnership between the Police and the community.
     While commending the GCA awardees for their exemplary alertness, judgment and courage, he also urged members of the public to continue joining hands with the Police to fight against crimes.  
     One of today¡¦s awardees also received the Good Citizen of the Year Award (GCYA). With the help of the awardees, about 40 persons were arrested for a variety of offences including telephone deception, theft, burglary, robbery, wounding and indecent assault.
     Mr Tsang Yik-tsun, winner of this year¡¦s GCYA, helped the Police in arresting a man who snatched a victim¡¦s mobile phone last July. During the chase, the man fired two shots at Mr Tsang with a gun-like object. Mr Tsang, who was not injured, continued to chase and he finally subdued the man. The man was convicted of theft and resisting arrest with imitation firearm and was sentenced to two years and eight months¡¦ imprisonment.
     Another awardee, Mr Chan Wai-tak, helped foil a telephone scam. Mr Chan received a call from a swindler who claimed that his son was being detained and demanded for a ransom. After Mr Chan confirmed that his son was safe, he reported the case to the Police and helped the Police arrest the swindler.
     Presented twice a year, the Award is organised by the Police Public Relations Branch and sponsored by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Each of the awardees receives a certificate and a cheque of $3,000. The GCYA winner was also presented with a plaque and a cheque of $4,000. More than 4 000 persons have been commended over the years.

Ends/Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:21


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