The Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), Mr Jat Sew-tong, and eight council members, accompanied by the Secretary General of IPCC, Mr Ricky Chu, visited Police Tactical Unit (PTU) Headquarters on October 4.
Accompanying the IPCC members on the visit were Director of Management Services Tang How-kong, Assistant Commissioner (Service Quality) Peter Morgan and Complaints & Internal Investigations Branch (C&IIB) Chief Superintendent Duncan McCosh. They were greeted by PTU Commandant Cheung Tak-keung and his training staff.
PTU Chief Inspector Yip Pun-yu briefed the IPCC members on the history of PTU, handling of public order events and use of force. A demonstration was given to show how to police a public procession and use mills-barriers, water-filled barriers and OC Foam.
During the demonstration, some IPCC Members and IPCC secretariat staff even acted as police officers to stop protestors from storming the mills-barriers and personally experienced the effect of OC Foam.
The visit concluded with an open forum between IPCC members and representatives from different PTU companies to exchange views, giving the visitors a better idea of the difficulties frontline officers face while managing public order events.
C&IIB has been arranging for IPCC members to visit different Formations in a bid to enhance understanding and communication between IPCC and frontline officers.
機動部隊訓練部總督察葉本儒為到訪委員講解警察機動部隊的歷史、公眾活動的處理及武力的使用。訓練部亦安排了一場公眾遊行的演習，過程中展示了鐵馬、水馬 及胡椒噴劑的運用。其間部分監警會委員及秘書處職員更充當人員，阻擋示威人士衝擊鐵馬，並親身試驗胡椒噴劑所產生的效果。最後，監警會委員與機動部隊大隊 的代表交流。是次到訪及交流令監警會委員和前線人員加深了解，並讓委員更明白前線人員在處理公眾活動時所面對的困難和挑戰。