Hong Kong – Correctional officers combat illicit activities of persons in custody

Correctional officers combat illicit activities of persons in custody

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     ​The Correctional Services Department (CSD) today (Feb 1) took actions to combat illicit activities of persons in custody at Stanley Prison.



     The management of Stanley Prison stepped up measures to combat illicit food transaction activities perpetrated by persons in custody of the institution kitchen prior to Lunar New Year with a number of persons in custody disciplined. While intelligence revealed that the series of crackdown had successfully intercepted the plot for supplying illicit food from the kitchen, some persons in custody, who were thereby unable to acquire the illicit food today, were aggrieved and had started a fight with another group of persons in custody who broke the promise of supplying the illicit food inside a dining hall at 9am today. A total of ten male persons in custody aged between 26 and 56 from both parties were involved in the fight. Correctional officers immediately stopped the fight and summoned reinforcement. As the fight persisted upon the arrival of reinforcing staff and repeated warnings given were to no avail, OC foam was used to subdue the persons in custody concerned. During the incident, a correctional officer and a person in custody sustained injury to their hand and eye respectively. After examination and treatment by the Medical Officer of the institution, they did not need to be referred to outside hospital. The remaining persons in custody did not sustain any injury. The ten persons in custody involved have been segregated for investigation. 



     In view of the triad affiliation of the persons in custody involved and in order to forestall any undue influence towards other areas of the institution, the CSD had deployed the Regional Response Team, staff of the Security Section and Dog Unit to Stanley Prison to support the management to crack down on illicit activities by the persons in custody and at the locations concerned. The operation is still underway.  



     The CSD is committed to ensuring a safe and secure custodial environment, and will spare no efforts and take every measure to combat any form of illicit activities to ensure the stability of the institution.



     Stanley Prison is a maximum security institution for the detention of male adult convicted and remand persons in custody.

Hong Kong – Correctional officers stop attempted escape

Correctional officers stop attempted escape

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     Correctional officers at Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre stopped a person in custody attempting to escape today (January 8).



     At about 6.59pm, the 22-year-old male person in custody suddenly dashed to the slope towards the perimeter wall and attempted to escape when he was escorted by correctional officers from the day room back to the dormitory. Officers immediately chased after him to apprehend him. The person in custody was soon subdued by the officers. The person in custody did not sustain any injury. Two officers sustained injuries to their legs in the course of chasing. After receiving examination and treatment from the medical officer at the centre hospital, the officers were referred to a public hospital for further treatment. The case has been referred to the Police for investigation.



     The person in custody has been suffering from mental illness and was sentenced to hospital order for the offence of theft.

Hong Kong – Correctional officers stop person in custody committing self-harm

Correctional officers stop person in custody committing self-harm

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     Correctional officers stopped a female person in custody committing self-harm in Lo Wu Correctional Institution today (November 2).

     At 9.43am today, the 41-year-old female person in custody was found emotionally unstable, banging her head against the grille gate inside a dayroom. Officers at the scene immediately stopped her and called for reinforcement. The person in custody was found conscious. She was required to be sent to a public hospital for further treatment after receiving examination and treatment by the institution Medical Officer.

     A clinical psychologist of the department will follow up on the case.

     A spokesman for the Correctional Services Department said, “The department uses all possible measures to prevent persons in custody from attempting suicide or self-harm. These measures include administrative arrangements, improvement of institutional facilities, staff training and first aid services.”

     The person in custody was sentenced to imprisonment for the offence of false statements in October 2021.

Hong Kong – Correctional officers stop assault on person in custody

Correctional officers stop assault on person in custody

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     ​Correctional officers stopped a person in custody assaulting another person in custody at Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution today (August 7).

     At 10.03am today, a 28-year-old male person in custody attacked another 60-year-old male person in custody inside a workshop. Officers at the scene immediately stopped the assailant and called for reinforcement.

     During the incident, the victim sustained injuries to his hand, shoulder, etc. After examination and treatment by the institution Medical Officer, he was referred to a public hospital for further treatment. The assailant sustained injury to his hand. After treatment provided by the institution Medical Officer, he did not need to be sent to a public hospital. 

     The case has been reported to the Police for investigation.

     The two persons in custody were sentenced to imprisonment for the offence of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

Hong Kong – Correctional officers stop fighting among detainees

Correctional officers stop fighting among detainees

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     Correctional officers at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution stopped a fight among detainees today (July 3).

     At 9.54am today, four detainees aged between 28 and 45 engaged in a fight inside a dayroom. Officers immediately stopped the fight. OC foam was used to subdue the detainees after warnings were given in vain.

     During the incident, three detainees sustained injuries to their hands, face, neck, etc. respectively. They did not need to be sent to a public hospital after receiving medical examination and treatment provided by the institution Medical Officer. Another detainee did not sustain any injury.

     The case has been reported to the Police for investigation.

     The four detainees are detained under the Immigration Ordinance.