Judiciary Police set to hire 500 officers

Friday, October 22, 2010
Issue 1146, Page 4
Word count: 354
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police (PJ) are in need of an additional 500 officers, mainly investigators, and the force hopes that the vacancies can be filled within the next five years.

The Policy Consultation and Interactive Group, which is part of the Public Administrative Reform Advisory Committee, yesterday announced a string of measures that the Public Security Police (PSP) and the PJ have implemented since 2009 aiming to streamline the procedure for people to report to police.

According to coordinator of the group, Leong Heng Kao, “a convenient and fast reporting procedure doesn’t only reinforce understanding and trust between police and informants, but can also enhance the quality and efficiency of case handling by police”.

Deputy director of the PJ, Chau Wai Kuong, said the force is also cooperating with the Civil Registry to simplify the application procedure for a death certificate.

After a previous expansion of the personnel structure, Chau said the PJ can have up to some 1,300 officers. However, he added that currently they are about 500 officers short, mainly detectives, and therefore the force hopes that in each of the coming five years around 100 new detectives can be recruited.

Deputy chief of police of the PSP Leong Hon San disclosed that since May 2009 the No.2 Superintendent’s Office near the Canidrome has implemented a one-stop statement taking service, so that people no longer need to make several trips to the police station to finish the entire process.

At present, after a person reports to the PSP an investigator will be arranged to record his or her statement immediately.

Leong said the process could generally be completed within three hours for a “simple case” like robbery, but the actual duration will still largely depend on how complicated the criminal case is.

Meanwhile, the deputy chief of police told reporters that due to future expansion the PSP may have plans to build a headquarters in Taipa.

He said that there is a land parcel in Pac On and the Government is studying how it will be used, adding that the Special Police Force also have a chance to move its headquarters to there.

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