For information
19 February 1998

Provisional Legislative Council
Panel on Security

New Radio System for the Hong Kong Police Force


This paper sets out the need to acquire a new radio system to replace the one currently used by the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CIB) and the Narcotics Bureau (NB) of the Police Force to meet their operational needs.


2. At present, CIB and NB share one radio system to support their operations. The existing system was introduced in 1980. Being in service for 18 years, the system is aging with frequent breakdowns. The Police Force has also encountered increasing difficulty in obtaining spare parts for maintenance due to obsolescence of the system. Furthermore, with the changes in the geographical distribution of the population and the rapid development of the infrastructure in Hong Kong, the existing system can no longer fully meet the present operational requirements because -

  1. it has limited coverage;

  2. it has only limited radio channels which has constrained operational efficiency and flexibility;

  3. it has inadequate security protection against unauthorised access; and

  4. it is subject to increasing radio interference.

3. Instead of acquiring a new system, the Police Force has examined the feasibility of expanding the radio systems currently in use by other formations. Most of the existing systems such as the beat radio system and traffic control system are for general operations with inadequate security protection against unauthorised access. In addition, the radio coverage is provided on a district or division basis. They are therefore not suitable for use in territory-wide operations.

The Proposed New Radio System

4. Based on a thorough study of the operational requirement, the Police Force has proposed to acquire a new radio system to be jointly used by CIB and NB. The main characteristics of the new system are set out below -

  1. it can provide a wider radio coverage to include areas essential for Police operations;

  2. it can provide sufficient channels to allow flexible and efficient deployment of resources;

  3. it has enhanced security protection against unauthorised access;

  4. it can overcome the interference problem; and

  5. it has capacity for expansion in the next few years.

Cost Estimation

Non-recurrent cost

5. Drawing reference to the existing radio systems purchased through public tender and findings of market surveys, the Police Force estimates that the non-recurrent cost of acquiring the new radio system will be $198 million. The breakdown is at Annex.

Recurrent cost

6. The estimated additional annual recurrent expenditure arising from the proposed system will be $8,768,000, broken down as follows -


(a) Average system maintenance and spares cost for a book life of 12 years


(b) Lease line rental and radio licence fee






7. Subject to Members' advice, we will seek the Finance Committee's funding approval. The Police Force plans to acquire the proposed radio system according to the following schedule -

(a) System design

March 1998 to July 1998

(b) Tendering and award of contract

August 1998 toJuly 1999

(c) Delivery of equipment, installation, acceptance tests and system commissioning

August 1999 to

September 2000

Security Bureau
February 1998


The breakdown of the non-recurrent cost of acquiring the new radio system is as follows -



Command control and management sub-system



Radio repeater sub-system



Relay network sub-system



Mobile radio with encryption



Supporting services

(including design, installation, training and documentation.)



Site development, building service and miscellaneous works



Maintenance, test equipment and spares (for the first year)