Hong Kong Marine Police

Hong Kong Marine Police

The Marine Region of the Hong Kong Police Force, also known as the Marine Police. Its headquarter is located at Sai Wan Ho. Their 166 launches and craft [http://www.info.gov.hk/police/hkp-text/english/history/history_03.htm] , patrols some 1850km² of waters within Hong Kong's territory, including the Victoria Harbour and 244 outlying islands. This involves the control of some 13 000 local craft, pleasure boats and ferries and a maritime population of 14 100. Shore patrols are regularly mounted to maintain contact with inhabitants of small islands and isolated communities with no land transport to other parts of the territory.

In addition to normal policing functions, the MarinePolice fleet is also responsible for maintaining effective lawand order within Hong Kong waters with particularemphasis on countering illegal immigration and smugglingat sea. Marine Region is also one of the main agencies inthe Hong Kong search and rescue organisation gearedtowards maritime operations both within and outside HongKong waters.

ee also

*Marine Department [http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/home.html]
*Water police
*Naval Gendarmerie, an equivalent police force in France
*Coast Guard

External links

* [http://www.fotw.net/flags/hk~wpol.html Flag of the Marine Police]
* [http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/FB2D3FD8A4E2A3264825647C0030A9E1/9E8E43C0BCFA90C0C82564830029EC79?OpenDocument Flag of the Marine Police, according to the Shipping and Port Control Regulations, Shipping and Port Control Ordinance]
* [http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/200405/05/0505165.htm New police vessels entering service]
* [http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/asiapac/hongkong.htm Boats of the Marine Police]

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