The Special Duties Unit...
Under the Operations wing of the Royal Hong Kong
Police organization lies the Operations Bureau; the Explosive Ordnance
Disposal Bureau; and the Police Tactical Unit. Under the PTU there are
is the famous Special Duties Unit, or SDU; nicknamed "The Flying
Based at the Police Tactical Unit Headquarters in
Fanling, the SDU was set up in 1974 as a Government response to the
ever-increasing threat of international terrorism. The first "Flying
Tigers" used existing weaponry and devised their own tactics. An
appraisal of the Unit by the British Special Air Service in 1978 led
to considerable changes in equipment and tactics.
Since then, the SDU has developed its own
comprehensive training programs and facilities and holds regular
training exercises in Hong Kong with similar, overseas units. Officers
are also sent on two-week overseas exchanges.
Twenty years ago, the SDU was a small force of
volunteers. Today, it consists of over 120 officers. Few police forces
in the world can field a counter-terrorist unit as highly trained,
prepared and equipped.
Entire SDU Team