Commissioner of Police (Hong Kong)

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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.

Officers in command under British rule[edit]

Early heads were often military officers or had previous policing experience. Many joined the Force in senior command postings before their promotions. Li is the only Commissioner to rise from lower ranks and Hui joined as a probationary Inspector.

Chief magistrates
  • 1841 – Captain William Caine
  • 1844 (Feb) – Captain Haly
  • 1844 (Mar) – Captain Bruce
Captains-superintendent
Inspectors-general
  • 1930 – Edward Wolfe
  • 1934 – Thomas King
Commissioners
  • 1938 – Thomas King
  • 1941 – John Pennefather-Evans - served in the police force of the Federated Malay States
  • 1946 – Colonel C. H. Samson (British Military Administration)
  • 1946 – Duncan McIntosh - former Deputy Commissioner of Police of Singapore
  • 1953 – Arthur Maxwell
  • 1959 – Henry Heath
  • 1966 – Edward Tyrer
  • 1967 – Edward Eates - joined force in 1963 as Assistant Commissioner following police service in Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Gambia
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1994 – Eddie Hui

Officers in command since the foundation of Special Administrative Region[edit]

Tang King Shing in 2007, he served as the Commissioner of Police from 2007 to 2011.

Commissioners of Police since 1997 have risen from the rank of Probationary Inspector.

Name Took office Left office
Hui Ki-on 1997 2001
Tsang Yam-pui 2001 2003
Lee Ming Kwai, Dick 2003 2007
Tang King-shing 2007 2011
Tsang Wai-hung 2011 2015
Lo Wai-chung 2015 Incumbent

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