Police chief superintendent Steve Hui Chun-tak, dubbed "Four O'Clock Hui Sir" for his daily media briefing during the Occupy campaign, got a new posting as Sham Shui Po district commander late last year.
Sing Tao Daily chief editor Lai Ting- yiu earlier visited Hui. He took the opportunity to tour the historic-graded Sham Shui Po police station and was treated to the district's own famous snacks too.
Hui joined the force in 1986. Apart from having an approachable image, he is an officer with vast experience, having been stationed at various districts in Kowloon, and attached to the support, personnel and security sections. He was aide-de-camp to the chief executive from 2007 to 2010.
Four years ago, he busted a loan- sharking syndicate that charged annual interest of 4,200 percent. In 2013, he crushed the territory's largest porn website.
He also planned an operation, "Thunderbolt 15," with Guangdong and Macau counterparts. The three-month blitz on triads and organized crime resulted in more than 20,000 arrests.
In the six months that he has been district commander, his precinct has been relatively peaceful.
Hui said that unlike Yau Tsim Mong, where night entertainment places proliferate, crimes in Sham Shui Po veer toward the "basic" variety.
A recent high-profile case was that of the "glove sex fiend," who wore gloves when groping young women in a series of attacks that happened, curiously, only on Wednesdays.
Residents were worried and serious- crimes officers used questionnaires during door-to-door canvassing at housing estates where the attacks occurred, as well as reminding girls in school uniforms to be on the alert.
Detectives also analyzed details of the attacks and discovered that the gloves used were of the variety frequently used by certain professions and with this piece of information, narrowed down the scope of the hunt.
Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily