On July 20, a group of Hong Kong Police on a Leadership Course attended the Surfers Paradise Police Station to see how we address policing in a Safe Night Precinct.
The group exchanged ideas on the best way to tackle issues that are relevant in both jurisdictions like alcohol fuelled violence and domestic violence, as well as looking at more practical ideas like rostering and deployment of staff at peak times.
Some of the challenges around policing in high rise areas were discussed and the Hong Kong delegation offered some great learnings from incidents they had been involved with.
Senior Sergeant Jim Munckton, Officer in Charge of the Surfers Paradise Police Station was grateful for the opportunity to work with colleagues from another country and get some ideas and what works in other countries.
“It’s always good to look at operations from a different perspective,” Senior Sergeant Munckton said.
“Our friends from Hong Kong have similar challenges around alcohol fuelled violence, and like Surfers Paradise a lot of their residents live in high rise accommodation.”
The group from Hong Kong included Assistant Commissioner Chak-yee Siu, Senior Superintendent Yiu-ming Wong and Superintendent Chun (George) Wong.
Assistant Commissioner Siu was particularly impressed with his ride in the ATV on the beach and inquired about a transfer to Surfers Paradise.