CE encourages police officers to live up to President's expectations (with photos/video)

     The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, today (July 9) attended the passing-out parade of the Hong Kong Police College and encouraged the graduates to live up to the expectations of President Xi Jinping, and dedicate themselves to safeguarding national security and maintaining Hong Kong’s stability. He said a stable society could promote Hong Kong’s long-term development and ensure the steady and successful implementation of "One Country, Two Systems".
     Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lee said that, as President Xi mentioned in his important speech on July 1, "Hong Kong cannot afford to be in chaos", thus precautions are necessary. He added that stability is the foundation of everything, development will be impossible, and the true value of people's aspirations will not be brought into play without stability.   
     While recalling that Hong Kong had encountered unprecedented difficulties and shocks in 2019, the Chief Executive said that it was heartbreaking to see the riots, advocating for “Hong Kong independence” and interferences by external forces, had caused extensive damage to Hong Kong. Although there were enormous challenges for the policing work over the past few years, he praised the Force for always standing fast and fulfilling duties without fear.
     He pointed out that safety has been restored after the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law. The Force has made remarkable achievements in strictly enforcing the law and proactively promoting the concept of law-abiding, as the number of cases of wounding, serious assault, snatching, pickpocketing, etc., fell to the lowest in a decade.
     Last but not least, Mr Lee opined that the Force has developed from a disciplinary force to maintaining law and order into a law enforcement force to safeguarding national security and ensuring Hong Kong’s stability. He also encouraged the graduates to strive for excellence and do their best to make Hong Kong remain one of the safest cities in the world.
     It is the first time that the Chinese-style foot drill has been adopted in the passing-out parade of the Hong Kong Police College. A total of 31 probationary inspectors and 83 recruit constables passed out today.

Ends/Saturday, July 9, 2022
Issued at HKT 14:32