Police unions wrote to CE dissenting from independent inquiry, violating the Police General Orders
Four police associations sent letters to the Chief Executive and the Chief Secretary expressing their opposition to the demand for an independent investigation. Under Chapter 12 of Police General Orders, direct correspondence with other government departments is not allowed and such correspondence shall be addressed through the Commissioner. In addition, police associations are established only for giving advice on matters relating to the welfare and conditions of service.
According to the eighth chapter of Police General Orders, it is prohibited for police officers to join a union, except those formed by solely police officers. These associations’ power draws the line at raising opinions regarding ‘Welfares and Services Conditions’, instead of political opinions
A barrister explained that the police officers who uploaded such photos had already been violating the Police General Orders.