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Royal Hong Kong Police

We're occasionally asked how to investigate the history of the Hong Kong Police, and the people who served in that force.

If you are looking for details of an individual, try:

  • The Blue Books (1844-1940) were published annually. Each book includes a list of all people working in the Police Force that year.
  • If they were in Hong Kong when the Japanese invaded in 1941, try these.

Then there is general information about the police force:

Thanks to Guy Shirra, Iain Ward and Roger Houghton for their help in compiling the list. If you know of any other good sources, please could you leave a note in the comments below?

Thanks, David

Comments

Lots of RHKP on Youtube.

named as royal after the riot in 1967 in hk ?

The Royal Charter was granted in 1969 and yes, it was because of the force's role in the 1967 riots.

Some other excellent books on the history of the force:

"Asia's Finest," and the new edition "Asia's Finest Marches On," by the late Kevin Sinclair

"The Royal Hong Kong Police 1841 - 1945", by Colin Crisswell and Mike Watson.

A series of books in Chinese by the late LAU Kai Fat, a chief inspector.

I believe there was a pictorial book published by the police museum, but not sure.

Mr. Ward's two books on the Marine Police are highly recommended.

Hi C, I've got that book, picked it up at a second hard sale somewhere. Published in 1994. It's got a good pictoial history of the police in the first half, second half details all the exhibits. It's just called Police Museum, editor Ng Chi-wa

Thanks for the extra material. It'll be a good help for anyone starting their research. I'll add another book, "Prisoner of the Turnip Heads" by George Wright-Nooth. The author was a policeman in Hong Kong, and writes about the time from his arrival in Jan 1940, through the fighting in 1941, the long internment at Stanley, and finally release in 1945. Most of the book covers their time in Stanley Internment Camp, but there's also some general description of Police life in the early 1940s.

A selection of RHKP reference books from the HKU Library:

Selected English and Chinese Books
Andrew, Kenneth Walter. Hong Kong detective. London : John Long, 1962.
HK 364.1095125 A563 h
Annieson, Anthony. The one-eyed dragon : the inside story of a Hong Kong policeman.
Moffat, Scotland : Lochar Publishing, c1989.
HK 363.2095125B A61
Au, Chin-chau, Joseph. Special rituals and their significance in the Royal Hong
Kong Police Force. Hong Kong : University of Hong Kong, 1994.
X M.Soc.Sc.94 A
Internet access
Calderwood, Annie Hannah. In service of the community = 服務社會. Hong
Kong : Liang Yu Printing Factory, 1974.
HKP 363.22 C1
Chan, Lok-wing. Police discretion : application of deadly force. Hong Kong :
University of Hong Kong, 1996.
X M.Soc.Sc.96 C113
Internet access
Chan, Tak-shing, Gilbert. Colonization : the root of police corruption in Hong
Kong? Hong Kong : University of Hong Kong, 1988.
X M.Soc.Sc.88 C12
Internet access
Chan, Wa-shing. An assessment of the police superintendent's discretion scheme.
Hong Kong : University of Hong Kong, 1998.
X M.P.A.98 C111
Internet access
Cheung, Shun-ho, Edwin. Quality management in the Royal Hong Kong Police
Force : its implementation and the way forward. Hong Kong : University of Hong
Kong, 1996.
X M.B.A.96 C152
Internet access
Cheung, Siu-wing, Simon. Job satisfaction in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force.
Hong Kong : University of Hong Kong, 1990.
X M.Soc.Sc.90 C3
Internet access
Cheung, Wing-kan, Simon. The changing role of women police officers in the
Royal Hong Kong Police during the past ten years. Hong Kong : University of
Hong Kong, 1997.
X M.P.A.97 C141
Internet access

 

RHKPF related books & movies:
Triad Societies In
Hong Kong, 1960, no ISBN
Royal Hong Kong Police Force, Police Museum, 1991, ISBN 962 7617 01 6
Sui Geng The Hong Kong Marine Police, 1991, ISBN 962 209 286 1
Mariners: The Hong Kong Marine Police 1948-1997, 1999, ISBN 0 9536540 01
At The End of The Line. Colonial Policing & Imperial Enggaem, 45-80 2006 ISBN 0 7190 7138 0

Lau Kai Fat, 劉啟法, 1932-2007, had two series published by 博益 & 聚賢館 respectively
警界幕後, 1991, ISBN 9621709830
[Inside police stations]
總督察手記, 1990, ISBN 962 17 0480 4
[Footprints of Chief Inspector of Police]
總督察獨家檔案, 1991, ISBN 9621707188
[Personal File from Chief Inspector of Police]
總督察回憶錄, 1991 / 93, ISBN 962 436 032 4 / 962 436 182 7 / 962 436 050 2 / 962 436 084 7
[Memoirs of Chief Inspector of Police] five volumes.

警官手記 - 六十年代香港警隊的日子, 黃奇仁, 2008, ISBN 978 962 042766 4
[
Footprints of a police officer – Hong Kong Police Force in the 60’s]
我的警察生涯, 呂奇, 2008, ISBN, 978-988-99812-9-7
[My life as a policeman] spanning from training in PCS / PTS to police career till 2008

絕書, 天涯不曉生, 2002, ISBN 962-992-060-3
[Out of Print – Rare Books] mentions a few Hong Kong Police related books.

Some police related (local, more serious) movies.
王鍾 警察 <Police Force> 1973 tells the training in Police Training School (PTS), also features Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Force.
李修賢 壯志雄心 <Thank You Sir> 1989 tells the life in Police Cadet School (PCS)

I especially like the Nissen Huts.

Reference:
At the Hong Kong Movies 600 Reviews from 1988 Till the Handover, 1998, ISBN 962 8114 47 6

Elsewhere I've seen the Royal Hong Kong Police Association (RHKPA) recommended as a possible source of information. I wrote to check with them before adding them to the list, and received this reply from their committee:

We thank you for the suggestion but we feel that we must decline. We are an Association of retired officers who meet for social reasons and we do not have the resources to research questions on Hong Kong Police history - nor do we have the records.

They recommend contacting the Curator of the Hong Kong Police Museum, Dr S Y Lam.

Regards, David

Yes, in 1969 the term 'Royal' added..so became the 'Royal Hong Kong Police Force' (then reverted to the 'HKP' again pre.handover to China on 1 July 1997).Princess Alexandra was the Hon.Commandant General(from 1969-1997).