Police Tactical Unit (Hong Kong)

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Police Tactical Unit (PTU)
PTU on guard.jpg
Fully-armoured Police Tactical Unit troopers engaged in riot control during the 2005 WTO meeting protests in Hong Kong.
Active 1958-Present
Country  Hong Kong
Branch HongKongPoliceLogo.svg Hong Kong Police Force
Type Paramilitary riot control
Role Internal security
Crowd control
Anti-crime operations
Disaster response
Riot control
Size ~ 2,000 Regulars
~ 1,000 echelon
Part of Operations Wing
Garrison/HQ 1 Wu Tip Shan Road, Fanling
Nickname(s) Blue Berets
Motto(s) "Failing to plan is planning to fail."
Colours Olive green
Anniversaries 2008

The Police Tactical Unit (Abbreviation: PTU; Chinese: 警察機動部隊) is a unit within the Hong Kong Police Force which provides an immediate manpower reserve for use in large-scale emergencies.[1] Unit companies are attached to all land Regions and are available for internal security, crowd control, anti-crime operations, disaster response and riot control throughout Hong Kong. The PTU is often referred as the 'Blue Berets', which is in reference to the blue berets worn as part of the uniform. The PTU base and training camp is located in Fanling.

The PTU is also the parent organization of the Special Duties Unit (SDU) which specializes in counter-terrorism and hostage rescue.


The PTU is made up of eleven companies, comprising in total about 2,000 officers. Each company (under the command of a Superintendent) is made up of 4 platoons, each led by an Inspector or Senior Inspector. A platoon comprises 32 Officers with 1 Station Sergeant (senior NCO) and 8 Sergeants.


  • Smith & Wesson Model 10: Standard-issue sidearm, 6-shot .38 Special revolver
  • Remington 870: Standard-issue shotgun, loaded with less-than-lethal 12-gauge bean-bag rounds
  • Federal Model 201-Z Riot Gun: Standard-issue anti-riot gun, loaded with less-than-lethal CS rounds
  • AR-15: Standard-issue rifle, loaded with 5.56×45mm rounds, only to be issued as a final resort when the situation encountered is uncontrollable or the target is far away from the PTU (400m or less)


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  1. ^ "PTU the protector of the public (with photos)". www.info.gov.hk. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 

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