Police paid HK$950 million for overtimeLocal | 13 Dec 2019 12:28 pm
Hong Kong police has paid its men and women HK$950 million in overtime over the past six months, according to the Security Bureau, RTHK reports.
The bureau revealed in a document submitted to Legco’s Finance Committee that on average, about 11,000 police officers received the extra payments each month.
The document said officers only work overtime when it’s "strictly unavoidable," and they are normally compensated with time off in lieu.
But officers are given overtime allowances when granting them time off is not possible.
The bureau says officers can work a maximum of 60 hours of overtime each month, with those earning up to HK$105,000 a month eligible for the allowances.
The police received HK$20.2 billion this financial year to pay for wages, allowances and other operational expenses.