VIP Protection Unit
|VIP Protection Unit|
Logo of the VIP Protection Unit.
|Branch||Hong Kong Police Force|
|Type||Protective security units|
|Size||About 90 officers|
|Part of||'B' Department - Crime and Security Wings|
The original name had been given to the unit since it is the 4th division of the former Royal Hong Kong Police Force's Special Branch division.
Following the disbanding of the Security Branch in 1995, the VIP Unit was re-assigned under the Security Wing of the Hong Kong Police Force.
It has primary responsibility for the safety of VIPs and visiting dignitaries to Hong Kong, therefore the training techniques taught to all VIPPU officers include VIP protection and unarmed combat.
In addition they also undergo training in firearms, crowd control, self-defense, tactical driving, physical and tactical training, Basic Trauma Life Support and English and Putonghua fluency. They also practice simunition exercises with the PTU and the SDU.
- Luxury bullet-proofed armoured cars are often deployed in protective missions.
The standard issue sidearms for all VIPPU is the Glock 17 and the Glock 19 for female or officers with smaller hands while the short version of the Heckler & Koch MP5 is the standard SMG and could be deployed in multiple variants, such as the K 、K-PDW and Coffer.
Apart from firearms, an ASP expandable batons or a Taser are carried for less-than-lethal options to the VIPPU officers. Flashbangs and smoke grenades are also used to provide cover for escorting the VIP when being attacked by intruders.
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- Baptism of fire. Retrieved on 28 August 2008.