A 22-year-old police officer was arrested on Friday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after allegedly providing a false statement related to a shoplifting case in April.
A force spokesman confirmed on Saturday that the officer, a member of Kwai Tsing police district’s crime division, had been released on bail and was required to report back to the authorities in October.
The New Territories South Regional Crime Unit was investigating the case, the spokesman said, while the officer in question would be suspended from duty.
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The officer was detained over allegations related to a theft that happened on April 23, in which a 51-year-old woman was arrested over stealing about HK$1,800 (US$232) worth of food from a shop in Tsing Yi.
The woman was later released on bail pending further inquiries.
The force said on Saturday that the officer was suspected of having made a false statement in a document related to the case, and was arrested after police re-examined the incident.
The spokesman added that the force “attaches great importance to officers’ discipline and integrity”, and that they would seriously pursue any cases of staff breaking the law.
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