Li Kwan-ha

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.
Li Kwan-ha
Born (1937-07-03)3 July 1937
Died 23 January 2017(2017-01-23) (aged 79)
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Alma mater King's College
Queen Elizabeth School
Awards CBE, QPM, CPM
Police career
Department Hong Kong Police
Country Hong Kong
Years of service 1957–1994
Rank Commissioner

Li Kwan-ha, CBE, QPM, CPM (Chinese: 李君夏; 3 July 1937 – 23 January 2017) was the first ethnic Chinese to serve as the Commissioner of Police in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1994.


Li was born of Xinhui ancestry on 3 July 1937. He attended King's College and Queen Elizabeth School. He joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1957. In April 1969, he became an Inspector. He became Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1978.

He was the first Chinese Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police in 1984 and Deputy Commissioner of Police in 1985. He rose to the rank of Commissioner of Police following the retirement of Raymon Anning in December 1989 and served in the office until his retirement in 1994.

After retiring from the force, Li joined tycoon Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Hutchison Whampoa in 1995 while he was still on pre-retirement leave to advise the firms on security matters, which sparked controversies and led the Hong Kong government to tighten the Civil Service regulations in seeking employment after retirement.[1] In 1996, Li was involved in the kidnapping incident of Li Ka-shing's son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, and Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, by notorious gangster Cheung Tze-keung, also known as "Big Spender."[2]

During the 1997 handover period, Li became a member of the HKSAR Preparatory Committee and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He was also a member of the Selection Committee which was responsible for electing the Provisional Legislative Council and the first Chief Executive of the HKSAR in 1996.

Li's wife, whom he met at Queen Elizabeth School, died in November 2007. One of Li's children used to live in Vancouver, Canada but moved back to Hong Kong to keep Li company.[citation needed] The other one[clarification needed] is living in London with Li's grandsons.

Li died on 23 January after collapsing at his home in Pok Fu Lam at the age of 80. He was certified dead after being rushed to Queen Mary Hospital.[3]


  1. ^ "Legal advice sought over Li Kwan-ha's new job". South China Morning Post. 13 May 1995. 
  2. ^ "HK's first Chinese top cop dies aged 80". The Standard. 24 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "HK's first Chinese police chief Li Kwan-ha dies". RTHK. 23 January 2017. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Raymon Anning
Commissioner of Police of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Eddie Hui