Friday, August 14, 2009 | By: Rudi Butt

Hong Kong's First Police Chief

May 1, 1844, Charles May (查理士·梅理), in Office: 1844-1862

Ordinance No. 12 of 1844: An Ordinance for the establishment and regulation of a Police Force in the Colony of Hong Kong

From 1841 to 2009, there are 28 police chiefs in Hong Kong. The first three were actually chief magistrates whose mandate included police work. During the colonial administration 23 were British and 2 Chinese. The current chief, Tang King Shing, is the fourth one after the return of Hong Kong to China. Hui Kei On was the last and the first – the last of the colonial era and the first of Hong Kong SAR.

Click here to see the full list of Police Chiefs of Hong Kong



Stanley was an area where pirates' activities flourished. A police station was built in Stanley just a few years after the British occupation. Captain Charles Haly who was appointed as Assistant Police Magistrate in 1844 was transferred to work in Stanley.

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