Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force
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|Headquarters||No.12 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon|
|Minister responsible||Ambrose Lee, Secretary for Security|
|Agency executive||James Yeung-Lung Yiu, Commandant|
The Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force (HKAPF, Chinese: 香港輔助警察隊) is established in 1914 as the Police Reserve unit, provides additional manpower to the Hong Kong Police Force, especially during emergencies and other incidents.
The Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force was officially established in 1957 with the merger of the 'Special' and 'Reserve' formations which had been in intermittent existence since the 1880s.
The part-timers were formally established in 1914 when numerous full-time officers returned to Europe to fight in the World War I. From 1969 to 1997, the Hong Kong Auxiliary Force was known as the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force.
Today the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force forms an about 4,500 reserves of manpower to assist in times of natural disaster or civil emergency. Officers are involved in reinforcing daily duties and performing crowd control at public events and festivals. The ability to assist during times of emergency is retained. The Commandant reports to the Commissioner of Police.
The rank structure of the HKAPF:
- Commandant, HKAPF
- Deputy Commandant, HKAPF
- Chief Superintendent (Auxiliary)
- Senior Superintendent (Auxiliary)
- Superintendent (Auxiliary)
- Chief Inspector (Auxiliary)
- Senior Inspector (Auxiliary)
- Inspector (Auxiliary)
- Station Sergeant (Auxiliary)
- Sergeant (Auxiliary)
- Senior Constable / Constable (Auxiliary)
- Recruit Constable (Auxiliary)
- Operations (Auxiliary)
- Human Resources (Auxiliary)
- Training (Auxiliary)
- Administration and Support (Auxiliary)
List of Commandants
- Hong Kong Island (Auxiliary)
- Kowloon West (Auxiliary)
- Kowloon East (Auxiliary)
- New Territories North (Auxiliary)
- New Territories South (Auxiliary)
The members of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force are trained in the use of, and issued, the same equipment and weapons same as its regular counterpart.
Officers are issued the Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers as sidearms with 12 rounds of ammunition along with an ASP expendable baton and a Sabre Red pepper spray for less-than-lethal options when patrolling on the street.
Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force uniform are the same as those worn by the HKP:
- Uniform Branch: Dark navy blue jacket with the words Police in English and Chinese in reflective white on the front left breast and back. Light blue shirts and white are worn by officers depending on ranks, dark navy blue cargo pants and black caps for all officers. Most HKAP members are armed like members of the regular HKP.
Ranks from constables to sergeant consists of numbers begin with the letter A. Senior officers have "HKAP" at the bottom of their shoulder mark.
Crest and Flag
The crest is shared with the HKP and was adopted in 1997.
Blue Ensign with the old crest is replaced by a single blue flag with the crest centred in the middle.