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Hong Kong Police Pass Out Of British Army Parade Training

They've achieved a first in history - 12 police sergeants fluent in pacing, colours, and sword drills passing out from a bespoke three-week...

They've achieved a first in history - 12 police sergeants fluent in pacing, colours, and sword drills passing out from a bespoke three-week training package.

And it was all made possible by British instructors, who flew more than 6,000 miles to carry out the teaching.

The Army's school of ceremony were invited to help smarten up the Hong Kong police force.

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After working closely with the recruits, they came to respect the recruits' work ethic. Captain Graham White had very complimentary things to say about the Hong Kong police:

"They're very keen, they're very motivated individuals. They're there, you tell them once, they react to it. They don't want to fail, which is a big cultural change, and they'll do their best at everything they do."

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The four-man team has been working day in, day out with the police force's instructors to improve the ceremonial standards of their officers. 

It culminated in a competition to find the best 'pace sticker' and all-round team.

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Marking the end of the training, certificates were handed out and the winners revealed.

One was Sergeant Alex Pong, who spoke well of the training, and his British instructors:

"I feel great but it takes teamwork for me to win the prize, and I feel grateful for the British instructors who have come here from the UK and teach us how to best use the pace stick."

It may be the end of the visit for both sides but there's significant hope the arrangement can be continued for years to come. 

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