Jeff LUK (Chan Sui Kau Hall)

If a police constable is careless enough to record the time of arrest just one minute faster or slower, the culprit may exploit this time difference to escape from imprisonment. Unlike some youngsters who spent their summer having fun, Martin Lau had his training at the Police College last summer, learning how to handle suspects according to the law.

Martin is a marketing-major student resident of City U and he is taking up the challenge of being an auxiliary policeman. To him, the task is not only to catch thieves. “Discipline is of great essence. At the very beginning of our training sessions, I was taught the importance of following orders and obeying my superiors. Every single small mistake could result in 100 push-ups and copying the school regulations several times.” Though it was tough, Martin thinks what he has learnt is useful for his duty. “Without this knowledge, how could we possibly cope with thousands of demonstrators in panic or turbulence during a fire outbreak?”


Likewise, many other undergraduates who are in the Auxiliary Police (Undergraduates) Scheme discover their vision to excel themselves and serve the public. Raymond Lam, a Residence Tutor in Hall 5, shares that his life has been enriched by the job of helping people. “It’s actually a path to reach our society. I see what I’ve never seen before. Besides, I can do things that people normally don’t see, like shooting guns and having drills on a helicopter.” He is proud of taking part in anti-crime crusades for Hong Kong’s security and thinks the meaningful job helps define his youth and stamina

To be an auxiliary policeman is rewarding in that the job provides learning opportunities such as understanding the law getting to know judiciary procedures, and meeting colleagues who are from all walks of life. But both Martin and Raymond agree that what’s of utmost importance is that once the uniform is on, they are no longer university students to be taken care of. They are representing the police force and everyone relies on them.

Although it is said that Hong Kong’s new generation are spoiled and self-centered with a leave-me-alone attitude, Martin and Raymond are living examples that contradict this impression. Since they took their oath of office as recruit constables of the Auxiliary Police Force, they leave the campus after lectures to assist the regular Police Force in maintaining law and order, and share the burden of ensuring that Hong Kong remains one of the safest cities in the world.


ResLink Issue No.35
May 2011