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Thursday, September 8, 2016, 15:35

New complaints chief hopes for greater harmony

By chinadailyasia.com
New complaints chief hopes for greater harmony
Secretary General of the Independent Police Complaints Council Richard Yu Koon-hing. (Photo via customs.gov.hk)

HONG KONG – The newly appointed Secretary General of the Independent Police Complaints Council Richard Yu Koon-hing took up his post at the head of the group that acts as watchdog over the city police on Thursday.

Yu previously held the post of deputy commissioner of the Customs and Excise Department before retiring this year.

In taking up his new duties he commented, 30 years of working in Customs had provided him rich experience in law enforcement and management, and had familiarized him with the operations of disciplined services.

Critics have challenged Yu’s appointment to the complaints council – saying his background in disciplined services would have given him a bias in favor of the police.  Yu said he failed to see that connection, countering that his previous work experience would give him a clearer understanding of complaints.

He also emphasized that the council has its own system for dealing with complaints and decisions were not made solely on the basis of the secretary-general’s opinion.

Yu succeeds Chu Man-kin, who moves to the post of director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Yu takes up his new post during a time of increasing strain between police and local citizens.  Noting that fact, he promised transparency in the handling of cases to permit smoother relations between police and the community at large.

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