Effective 1 April 2022, the applicants are only required to fulfil the criteria of being “a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.
Hong Kong permanent residents (PRs) who are interested to join the Hong Kong police force no longer need to live in Hong Kong for at least seven years as a pre-qualifying requirement.
The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) announced on 30 March 2022 (Wednesday) the adjustment to the entry requirements for new recruits. Starting from today (1 April 2022), the Hong Kong residency requirement for recruiting police constable, probationary inspector, and auxiliary police constable, i.e. “has lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years”, will be removed.
The applicants are only required to fulfil the criteria of being “a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.
The spokesperson said on the press release, "The HKPF adopts a proactive recruitment strategy and regularly reviews the recruitment policy to attract high-calibre candidates. The adjustment to the residency requirement will enable the HKPF to align with the practice of other local disciplined services on relevant entry requirement, and maintain its competitiveness in the job market."
In addition to this development, the HKPF will also introduce urine drug tests in the recruitment process starting from 1 April 2022. All applicants submitting job applications on or after this date will be arranged to undergo urine drug tests during the selection process.
To facilitate applicants and attract more high-calibre candidates, HKPF will roll out different recruitment activities taking into account the pandemic developments, including launching a series of recruitment videos through various platforms, holding 'recruitment experience and assessment days', and deploying a promotion vehicle 'Police Mobile Recruitment Station' to connect with potential candidates.
To further attract local and overseas students, HKPF will continue to participate in the Education & Careers Expo. In addition, outreach programmes including career talks and workshops for higher education institutions will be held later this year.