ICTU holds “Safe Community Fun Day” (with photos)


     The “Safe Community Fun Day” organised by the Inter-departmental Counter Terrorism Unit (ICTU) was held today (April 29) at the Hong Kong Science Park, as a key event to mark its fifth anniversary and to promote safe community messages to members of the public and young people through a series of interactive activities. The Permanent Secretary for Security, Mr Patrick Li, representing the Security Bureau, together with directorate representatives from the six disciplined services, officiated at the opening ceremony.

     Mr Li, in his opening remarks, emphasised that the Government has all along attached great importance to the fighting and prevention of terrorist activities. With the establishment of ICTU, the effectiveness of the relevant work has been enhanced. Mr Li extended special thanks to the public for their active participation and support all along. In the future, ICTU would continue to engage and unite with the community in fighting terrorism together, with a view to making Hong Kong a “Safe Community” to live and work.

     The event attracted over 2 500 citizens with active participation of various uniformed youth groups, namely Customs YES, Fire & Ambulance Services Teen Connect, the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, the Immigration Department Youth Leaders Corps, the Junior Police Call, the Rehabilitation Pioneer Leaders under the Correctional Services Department, the Civil Aid Service Cadet Corps, the Auxiliary Medical Service Cadet Corps, as well as the Project Lighthouse, Sunshine Buddies, and the Youth Uniformed Group Leaders Forum under the Security Bureau.

     The Fun Day featured a number of innovative and interesting booths and various interactive technology experiences, including virtual reality/ augmented reality games, flight simulation, e-Dodgeball, and Bishi Bashi game, to enhance public awareness on safe community. During the event, ICTU also conducted an emergency preparedness drill in which students were invited to participate and experience how to apply the advisories of “Run, Hide, Report” and “Three basic skills on emergency preparedness” in face of terrorist attacks or violent incidents.

     The “5th Anniversary Colouring / Graphic Design Competition” organised by ICTU earlier also received an overwhelming response with over 1,000 entries.  Winners were invited to attend the Fun Day and prize presentation ceremony, receiving awards from Mr Patrick Li and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Siu Chak-yee. Winning designs will have an opportunity to be displayed as advertising panels across the territory.

     ICTU was established in 2018 under the coordination of the Security Bureau to enhance Hong Kong’s overall counter-terrorism capability. Its member departments include the Customs and Excise Department, the Correctional Services Department, the Fire Services Department, the Government Flying Services, the Hong Kong Police Force and the Immigration Department.