4. To encourage reporting on such crimes, we have the Police Central Witness Protection Unit established in 1995 to enhance the Police’s witness protection ability. The Witness Protection Ordinance, which puts the witness protection programme on firm legal footing, was enacted in June 2000 and commenced operation in November in the same year.
5. We have a comprehensive publicity package to reveal the truth and evils of triad life. In addition, the Junior Police Call provides a well-established network for disseminating anti-triad message to the youth. At the same time, the Crime Prevention Bureau liaises with shops and businesses to encourage them to report triad activities.
6. We keep our legislation under constant review to ensure there is adequate legal power for the Police to deal with triads. In particular, the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, fully implemented in 1995, has enhanced the Police's ability to investigate organised and serious crimes, including triad-related offences. It also empowers the Police to apply to the court for heavier sentences and confiscation of proceeds arising from certain crimes (including money laundering).
7. There has been, and will continue to be, close co-operation between Hong Kong Police Force and its counterparts in other jurisdictions to tackle triad activities. The Police will continue to maintain vigilance in the fight against all forms of triad activities by way of strengthening intelligence gathering and targeting their financial sources.