Marine Region

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Marine Police redirects here. See Marine Police Force for the predecessor of Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit.
Marine Region
HK Police Department Ship No80.jpg
Police Launch 80.
Active 1846-Now
Country  Hong Kong
Branch Hong Kong Police Force
Type Water police
Role Sea and islands policing, anti-smuggling and illegal immigration
Size 2,424 officers
Part of Operations Wing
Insignia
Identification
symbol

HK Marine Police Flag.svg

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The Marine Region is a branch of the Hong Kong Police Force, more widely known as the Marine Police. The marine police patrol 1,651 km2 (637 sq mi) of waters within the territory of Hong Kong, including 263 islands. The Marine Region with about 3,000 officers, and a fleet of 142 in total, made up of 70 launches and 72 craft is the largest of any civil police force.[1][2][3]

Overview[edit]

The Marine Region involves about 3,000 officers policing some 13,000 local craft and a total maritime population of 14,100. In addition to normal marine policing functions, the marine police are also responsible for countering illegal immigration and smuggling at sea.[4]

To undertake this work, the Marine Region additionally mount shore patrol to police the smaller islands and isolated communities with no land transport to other parts of the territory, and participate in the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, which is responsible for co-ordinating maritime rescue operations both within and outside Hong Kong waters. The region's headquarters are located at Sai Wan Ho.[4]

Since 2007, the Marine Region has developed a new, two-part operational strategy called Versatile Maritime Policing Response (VMPR) which has come into operation in phases, providing an improved police service at reduced cost with an enhanced Command and Control System and faster craft offering a more flexible policing response.

Organisation[edit]

The Marine Region comprises a Regional Headquarters and two sea Districts.

The Region comprises:

  • Operations Formation is responsible for all operational matters at Regional level, including:
    • Regional Crime Units investigating crimes and syndicated illegal immigration by sea;
    • RCCC;
    • Logistics Unit;
    • Small Boat Division.
  • Administration Formation is responsible for general administration; personnel and establishment matters.
  • Support Formation is responsible for:
    • management of the launch acquisition programmes;
    • training and assessment of Marine police personnel in navigation, seamanship, engineering and safety; and
    • selection and acquisition of specialist equipment.
    • core property strategy in Marine Region

Headquarters[edit]

Former Marine Police station after renovation
Sai Wan Ho Marine Police Regional Headquarters.

The Marine Region had its headquarters at the Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound in Tsim Sha Tsui till 1996, when they were relocated to Sai Wan Ho. The old headquarters have now become a heritage tourism facility known as 1881 Heritage.

Gallery[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Marine craft

Historic[7][edit]

Firearms[edit]

  • Smith & Wesson Model 10- Standard issue sidearm for Marine Region (except Small Boat Division), 6 shot .38 revolver.
  • Glock 17- Standard issue pistol for Small Boat Division, loaded with 17 round of 9mm Parabellum magazines
  • Federal Model 201-Z Riot Gun – Standard issue anti-riot gun, loaded with less-than-lethal CS rounds.
  • Heckler & Koch MP5- Standard issue SMG, loaded with 30 round of 9mm Parabellum magazines

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Police History: Overview – The Future
  2. ^ 香港警務處-警隊歷史
  3. ^ 水警總區
  4. ^ a b "The Police". Hong Kong: The Facts. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. July 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Patrol Boats". HamiltonJet. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Hong Kong (Hong Kong), The market – Australasia and East Asia". Janes. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8462402/Hong-Kong-Navy