At least four Hong Kong Marine Police officers were under internal investigation for going fishing while on duty, sources told the To post tuesday.
The four officers, including a sergeant, were on a night shift on a barge operating platform moored at the mouth of the Tolo Channel near Grass Island. The group were reportedly discovered fishing during a surprise check by an inspector earlier this month.
“The inspector found them behaving suspiciously and fishing gear was also found near them,” a force insider said.
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The source said the barge’s CCTV system was turned off at the time of the incident, with an initial investigation suggesting several other recordings from earlier in the year were also missing.
the To post learned that the four officers of the Marine Police Northern Division have all been transferred to other posts, with none currently suspended from duty.
Another insider said an internal investigation by the Regional Maritime Crime Unit was underway, adding that the group could face a disciplinary hearing.
According to their website, the force maintains four barge operation platforms, each typically manned by four officers.
The barges are mainly moored in waters in northeast Hong Kong, such as Tolo Channel off Plover Cove Country Park and Starling Inlet off Sha Tau Kok, as part of police efforts to deter illegal activity such as maritime smuggling.
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