Funding for the Hong Kong Police Force is to remain largely frozen in the coming financial year, though the “plant, vehicle and equipment” budget was increased by 59 per cent in finance chief Paul Chan’s 2023 budget.

National Day October 1, 2022 police armoured vehicle
Hong Kong police deploy armoured vehicle and officers from three special units on October 1, 2022 as the city marks China’s National Day. Photo: Hong Kong Police Force, via Facebook.

The rise came despite the fact that the Force spent only an estimated 8.5 per cent of the allotted HK$507 million budget for equipment in the 2022-23 financial year.

Last year, the police equipment budget was quadruped.

Finance Secretary Paul Chan
Finance Secretary Paul Chan delivers the 2023 budget. Photo: Kyle Lam/HKFP.

The overall budget for the Force was increased slightly by 0.6 per cent – from HK$26.66 billion allotted last year to HK$26.86 billion this year.

Meanwhile, the budget for the Correctional Services Department was increased by 1.57 per cent to HK$5.25 billion.

As for the Department of Justice, it was allotted HK$2.42 billion for the upcoming financial year – a 3.45 per cent increase. The budget for criminal prosecutions rose to HK$1.01 billion – a five per cent increase.

The 2023 Budget in full:

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budget summary 2023

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.