Branch Hong Kong Police Force
|Country Hong Kong|
|Type Paramilitary riot control|
Role Internal securityCrowd controlAnti-crime operationsDisaster responseRiot control
Size ~ 2,000 Regulars~ 1,000 echelon
The Police Tactical Unit (Abbreviation: PTU; Chinese: 警察機動部隊) is a unit within the Hong Kong Police Force which provides an immediate manpower reserve for use in large-scale emergencies. Unit companies are attached to all land Regions and are available for internal security, crowd control, anti-crime operations, disaster response and riot control throughout Hong Kong. The PTU is often referred as the 'Blue Berets', which is in reference to the blue berets worn as part of the uniform. The PTU base and training camp is located in Fanling.
The PTU is also the parent organization of the Special Duties Unit (SDU) which specializes in counter-terrorism and hostage rescue.
The PTU is made up of eleven companies, comprising in total about 2,000 officers. Each company (under the command of a Superintendent) is made up of 4 platoons, each led by an Inspector or Senior Inspector. A platoon comprises 32 Officers with 1 Station Sergeant (senior NCO) and 8 Sergeants.