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Police budget hiked to recruit more officers

The police aims to recruit around 600 more officers this year. Image: ShutterstockPolice budget hiked to recruit more officers

The Financial Secretary’s Budget has revealed that HK$18.4 billion will be allocated to the police for in the coming financial year, around HK$1 billion more from the previous year.

It said the money will be used to add around 600 more police officers to the 34,000-strong department.

More than half of the new officers recruited will be tasked with “maintaining law and order in the community”, while another 145 will be deployed to “manage major security and crowd management events”.

The force said one of its major tasks this year is to ensure that events hosted in connection with the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR will be held in a safe, orderly and secure manner.

Chan also said that the civil service is expected to expand by 3,378 posts to 181,705, representing a year-on-year increase of about 1.9 per cent.

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