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British Officers Give Hong Kong Police Crash Course In Drill

Like it or loathe it drill is an essential part of soldiering and for those in the Hong Kong Police force, it’s just as important.After Hong...

Like it or loathe it drill is an essential part of soldiering and for those in the Hong Kong Police force, it’s just as important.

After Hong Kong was handed back in 1997, some of the responsibilities previously held by the military were passed to the police and since then they have strived to retain their British ceremonial style.
  
A team of four officers who’ve travelled from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick have been giving the police officers a crash course in drill, including the ancient art of pace sticking. 

Wander around the Hong Kong Police College, and you’ll usually spot officers brushing up on their drill. 
 
Without a band in tow, an mp3 player attached to someone’s belt does a fairly good job and it has to be said, they look pretty good.
      
Throw in a pacestick though and things get a little trickier.

Drill Square Hong Kong

The aim of the British Officers is to equip the Police with the basic skills they’d need to perform a mini trooping of the colour

As well as mastering the art of pace sticking, the students also have colours and swords to get their heads around.

"The colour drill is actually quite simple to do. The biggest difficulty that we have over here is that they have only just learnt how to slow march. So it is now combining the fact that your arms are doing something totally new as well as your feet doing a new skill."

CSgt Ben Townley

As the programme drew to a close, the instructors were keen to leave their drill students with a festive momento.

Merry Christmas to Britain From The Hong Kong Police (5255225908001)

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