Police applicants continue to drop, figures show


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    The number of people who applied to become a police constable in the current financial year has fallen by more than 40 percent compared with the year before the anti-government protests in 2019. File photo: RTHK
    The number of people who applied to become a police constable in the current financial year has fallen by more than 40 percent compared with the year before the anti-government protests in 2019. File photo: RTHK

The number of people applying to become a police constable in the current financial year has fallen by more than 40 percent compared with the year prior to the anti-government protests in 2019, according to government documents submitted to Legco.

It’s the second year that the number has dropped with just over 6,000 applications. That compares to about 10,500 in the year ending March 31, 2019. The force had hoped to recruit 1,620 constables but only 460 had been hired as of February 28.

And the number of applicants for probationary inspector dropped by a similar 37 percent when compared to two years ago.

At the same time, the number of vacancies for junior police officers and inspectors has continued to increase – by 124 and 270 percent when compared to a year ago. There were 4,744 vacancies at “rank and file” level and 467 at inspector grade.

Critics have accused the police of using excessive force against protesters during the 2019 social unrest – a charge the force has repeatedly denied. Top brass have blamed “fake news” for any loss of confidence in the force.