An off-duty policeman was arrested on suspicion of taking upskirt photos – of a female colleague attached to the force’s complaints office, no less – at a Hong Kong railway station, the force said on Wednesday.
Police were called to the Prince Edward MTR station in Mong Kok soon after 6pm on Tuesday after the 28-year-old off-duty constable was accused of using his mobile phone to take photos under a woman’s skirt while on an escalator.
A police source said the woman involved was a female senior inspector with the force’s Complaints Against Police Office.
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The constable, who is attached to the Kowloon East traffic unit, was arrested on suspicion of loitering, he said.
The suspect has been released on bail pending further investigation, but is required to report back to police next month.
Detectives from the Mong Kok district crime squad are investigating.
The source said the constable arrested in the case was likely to be suspended from duty.
“Police pay great attention to the conduct of officers. Should any officer break the laws, the matter will be handled seriously,” the force said in a statement.
On July 22, another off-duty policeman, 37, leapt to his death from a public housing block in Lam Tin less than 12 hours after he was arrested on suspicion of taking upskirt photos at a shopping centre.
The two cases came after police chief Chris Tang Ping-keung announced in May that the force would set up an Integrity Audit Office to supervise staff conduct following the arrest of 18 officers in three weeks.
The new office, chaired by an assistant commissioner, would take the initiative in investigating serious disciplinary offences and illegal acts committed by officers, according to the commissioner.
He said that the team would also strengthen the monitoring and supervision of officers’ integrity.
The 18 arrests included nine made on May 8 in connection with operations against Sham Shui Po street sleepers. Some of the officers involved allegedly lied about finding drugs on a suspect.
Another four officers were arrested on May 7 and 8 over a missing haul of crystal meth valued at HK$12 million (US$1.55 million) that police sources believed was taken from the scene of a record 300kg haul seized about a week before.
Twenty-four officers were arrested in the entirety of 2019.
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