Special duties unit created by police force during anti-extradition protest to continue to be in service till next year


15th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Election Committee election will be held on Sunday (19th). The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang wrote a blog yesterday (14th), emphasising that the disciplined services under his jurisdiction will stay vigilant during the election. It is understood that the “special duties unit” that was originally set up as a result of the anti-extradition law has now expanded to more than 1,000 staff and will continue to be deployed in service until next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reunification to maintain law and order.

In order to cope with large-scale events, the force will reserve more manpower to assist in public security work next year. In response to enquiries from the Security Bureau, the police force will appoint special police officers based on manpower needs and the development of social activities.

It is understood that the special duties unit was expanded to 1,200 in October last year. However, even when the Legislative Council reviewed the 2020-21 expenditure budget, the Security Bureau refused to disclose the number of appointments.