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Descriptions & Duties

  • Policemen are mainly deployed on performing a wide variety of police duties, and may be posted to one of the many police formations in uniform branch, traffic wing, crime wing or the marine region. They will be subject to discipline under the Police Force Ordinance and are required to wear uniform and to work in shifts.
    They are responsible for patrolling assigned area in order to maintain public order and prevent crime;
    identifying and arresting suspects; directing traffic in the event of vehicle accidents;
    providing aid to victims of accidents;
    perform administrative duties, such as recording daily activities;
    interviewing eyewitnesses at crime and accident scene;
    testifying in court when necessary.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Investigation knowledge and skills

When investigating criminal activities, policemen need to apply investigation techniques to find clues to help solve crimes.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Attained Level 2 in 5 subjects (including English and Chinese) at DSE

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Police Pay Scale Point 4-17

Monthly Salary Police Pay Scale Point 17-28

Monthly Salary Police Pay Scale Point 24-33a

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Work Environment

  • Policemen work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They work shifts. They regularly work at crime and accident scene. They always need to carry out physically demanding, stressful, and dangerous duties. They may work full time or part time.


  • Breathalyzers
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Global positioning system (GPS) receivers
  • Handguns
  • Nightsticks
  • Pepper spray
  • Police car radios
  • Police rifles
  • Police vehicles
  • Radar speed readers
  • Riot helmets
  • Riot shields
  • Surveillance binoculars
  • Surveillance video or audio recorders
  • Suspect fingerprinting equipment
  • Two way radios

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