Chaired by the Chief Secretary for Administration, the Fight Crime Committee
provides advice and recommendations on measures to prevent and reduce crime, and
coordinates crime-fighting efforts and monitors their results.
During the year, the committee continued to monitor the crime situation,
including the trend of various types of commercial crimes. Targeting the prevailing
crime situation, the committee launched a publicity campaign that focused on anti-theft
and anti-deception messages.
The committee also discussed the existing support services provided for victims
of domestic violence and families at risk, and explored ways to reduce domestic
The committee welcomed the introduction of a Risk and Needs Assessment and
Management Protocol for Offenders by the Correctional Services Department (CSD)
to facilitate the identification of prisoners prone to custodial and re-offending risks
and the delivery of rehabilitative programmes matching their needs. The committee
also noted that through its strategic publicity programme, CSD had been successful
in soliciting community support for the reintegration of rehabilitated offenders into
Where young offenders were concerned, the committee kept under review the
progress of the Police Superintendent's Discretion Scheme which serves as an
alternative to prosecution.
In 2006, the committee kept the Government's anti-drug policy under review.
While observing a declining trend in both overall drug abuse and drug abuse among
young people, the committee was concerned at the problem of psychotropic
substance abuse among youngsters. The committee suggested that the drug problem
should be tackled at root through early prevention.
District Fight Crime Committees (DFCCs) continued to play an important role in
the fight against crime by monitoring the crime situation in districts and reflecting
community concerns on law and order issues. Through district-based fight crime
publicity activities, DFCCs also helped foster community awareness regarding crime
prevention and encouraged community participation in combating crime.
To reinforce their close links, the committee and the DFCCs exchanged feedback
regularly on the various issues they discussed. Committee members also took turns to
attend DFCC meetings and functions. In November, a Fight Crime Conference hosted
by the committee and attended by DFCC members provided a useful forum for
discussion on crime issues of public concern and exchange of views on ways to