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Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 08:57

New commissioner vows to fight tech crimes, terrorism

By Shadow Li in Hong Kong
New commissioner vows to fight tech crimes, terrorism
New Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung (left) is congratulated by his predecessor Andy Tsang Wai-hung at Police Headquarters after the government confirmed Lo’s appointment as the city’s next police chief on Monday. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

Newly appointed Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung pledged to fight technology crime and terrorism to “ensure Hong Kong remains one of the safest and most stable societies in the world”.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, the 53-year-old said he would strengthen training, equipment as well as the ability of the police to investigate crimes. Lo also promised more overseas cooperation in fighting cybercrime.

He noted that although there was no information suggesting immediate terrorist threats to Hong Kong, but there could be no room for complacency.

Lo said Hong Kong had to closely monitor international terrorist activities and enhance the exchange of intelligence with intentional law-enforcing agencies and mainland authorities.

The State Council on Monday appointed Lo police commissioner to replace Andy Tsang Wai-hung on the recommendation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Lo said he was proud to lead a “professional and outstanding police force”. The new commissioner said he would strive to enhance communication with the public.

He said he would try to explain reasons behind police decisions and hope officers and the public can treat each other like “family members”.

Security Panel Chairman of the Legislative Council Ip Kwok-him, who will have many opportunities to deal with the new police chief in future, endorsed Lo’s appointment.

Ip said the challenge for Lo would be the growing trend of more radical protests, as well as so-called declining ties with the public, which he said was a “phony issue”. He said that the term “public” in this issue should actually refer to law-abiding people.

Ip said that when people were talking about relations between the public and police, they were really referring to officers dealing with unlawful protesters.

Admitting there was no risk of another mass occupation in the near future, Lo said society was still “too tense” and officers “would stay alert”.

Lo, who joined the police in 1984, became commissioner when his predecessor Tsang went on pre-retirement leave after 37 years’ service in the force.

Lo has extensive police experience over 30 years. He has served in several departments, including crime posts at both regional and headquarters levels. He was a senior superintendent in the Service Quality Wing and the Complaints Against Police Office.

Retired police sergeant Lam Kin-keung, who once worked with Lo at the Regional Crime Unit of Kowloon West, described him as an approachable person and a leader who always remained calm. Lam recalled seeing Lo’s composure during a large-scale anti-crime police operation. He said Lo didn’t show any signs of nervousness.

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