A study of the evolution of the nautical training in the marine police in Hong Kong

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A study of the evolution of the nautical training in the marine police in Hong Kong

 

Author: Tang, Ying-kit George
Title: A study of the evolution of the nautical training in the marine police in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1997
Subject: Royal Hong Kong Police -- History
Harbor police -- China -- Hong Kong
Navigation -- Study and teaching -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: xi, 83, [45] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1256994
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1901
Abstract: The Port of Hong Kong is an integral and essential part of Hong Kong's economy. The profitability of the port depends largely on how efficient the port operates. Marine Department is the administrator of the port but the Marine Police is often seen as the Authority. The efficient operation of the large Marine Police fleet can only be brought about by proper training. In the research, I have reconstructed the evolution of the nautical training in the Marine Police by using two research methods, namely the hermeneutic method and the oral history method. By in-depth studying of the organisation's documents and interview its serving and retired staff, the evolution can be understood better and recorded for future reference. It is found that prior to 1960s, there has been no useful record being kept on training for the Marine Police Officers, and only a vague idea can be deduced from the tasks they were required to perform, these include navigation, seamanship and boat work. In those day, there were civilian seamen serving on Police Launches in the capacity as coxswain, boatswain, engineer and other non-police works. Training would be suspended if there was an operational need such as social disturbance. Since the 1960s, training in the Marine Police gradually developed into a well structured system. Prior to 1961, all training and certification for the Marine Police Officers was conducted by the Marine Department. The Marine Police established its own training school in 1961, training was then conducted in-house. Following the recruitment of marine specialist officers in 1984, all training and certification were carried out in-house. This allows the Marine Police to conduct training which suit their needs better. In my dissertation, I have made a detail description on the changes and problems they met in the course of the evolution into the nautical training and certification system as it is today.

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