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Commissioner of Police (Hong Kong)

Stephen Lo, current Commissioner of Police

The Commissioner of Police (Chinese: 警務處處長) heads the Hong Kong Police Force and reports to the Secretary for Security.

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Officers in command under British ruleEdit

Early heads were often military officers or had previous policing experience in the United Kingdom or other British colonies. Many joined the Force in senior command postings before their promotions. Li is the only Commissioner to rise from lower ranks (as Probationary Sub-Inspector) and Hui joined as a probationary Inspector.

Chief magistrates
  • 1841 – Captain William Caine
  • 1844 (Feb) – Captain George Thomas Haly - Acting Superintendent of Police and officer with the 41st Madras Native Infantry
  • 1844 (Mar) – Captain John Bruce - Acting Superintendent of Police and officer with the 18th Royal Irish
Captains-superintendent
  • 1845 – Charles May - Superintendent of A Division of the Metropolitan Police
  • 1860 – Edmund Haythorne - British Army officer
  • 1862 – William Quin - member of Bombay Police and first police officer to head Hong Kong Police[1]
  • 1866 – Walter Meredith Deane - Cadet Officer from Britain sent to head force[2]
  • 1892 – Major-General Alexander H. Adam Gordon - Superintendent of Victoria Gaol
  • 1893 – Francis Henry May - Cadet Officer and the Assistant Colonial Secretary
  • 1902 – Joseph Francis Badeley - Cadet Officer and Colonial civil servant[3]
  • 1913 – Charles Messer - Cadet Officer and Colonial civil servant[4]
  • 1918 – Edward Dudley Corscaden Wolfe - Cadet Officer and Colonial civil servant[5]
Inspectors-general
  • 1930 – Edward Dudley Corscaden Wolfe
  • 1934 – Thomas Henry King - Cadet Officer and Colonial civil servant[6]
Commissioners
  • 1938 – Thomas Henry King - changed title from Inspector General
  • 1941 – John Pennefather-Evans - served in the police force of the Federated Malay States
  • 1946 – Colonel Charles Henry Samson (British Military Administration)
  • 1946 – Duncan William McIntosh - former Deputy Commissioner of Police of Singapore
  • 1953 – Arthur Crawford Maxwell - police officer in Malaya and Commissioner of Police of Sarawak in 1947-1949; Deputy Commissioner with Hong Kong Force in 1949[7]
  • 1959 – Henry Heath - Member of Hong Kong Force[8]
  • 1966 – Edward Tyrer - Member of Hong Kong Force[9]
  • 1967 – Edward Eates - joined force in 1963 as Assistant Commissioner following police service in Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Gambia[10]
  • 1969 – Charles Payne Sutcliffe - previous served in Metropolitan Police, Tanganyika; joined Hong Kong Police as Assistant Commissioner in 1960
  • 1974 – Brian Slevin - formerly Deputy Commissioner[11]
  • 1979 – Roy Henry - joined force in 1963; previous colonial police officer in Malaysia and Commissioner of Police in Fiji
  • 1985 – Raymon Anning - served with Metropolitan Police and other British forces; joined Hong Kong Police in 1983
  • 1989 – Li Kwan-ha - joined force as Probationary Sub-Inspector in 1957
  • 1994 – Eddie Hui - joined force as Probationary Inspector

Officers in command since the foundation of Special Administrative RegionEdit

# Name Took office Left office Length of Tenure
1 Eddie Hui Ki-on 1 July 1997 1 January 2001 3 years and 185 days
2 Tsang Yam-pui 2 January 2001 9 December 2003 2 years and 342 days
3 Dick Lee Ming-kwai 10 December 2003 15 January 2007 3 years and 37 days
4 Tang King-shing 16 January 2007 10 January 2011 3 years and 360 days
5 Andy Tsang Wai-hung 11 January 2011 3 May 2015 4 years and 113 days
6 Stephen Lo Wai-chung 4 May 2015 Incumbent 4 years and 107 days

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