South Asian officer pioneers community links with minorities
The first policewoman with Pakistani roots to be accepted by the force, Heina Rizwan Mohammad provides a liaison role with isolated ethnic groups
A female liaison officer with Pakistani roots is among 30 officers and seven teams who have been honored for their outstanding performances in Hong Kong’s Yau Tsim Mong Police District.
Heina Rizwan Mohammad, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, was singled out for her dedicated community work and efforts to connect with members of ethnic minority groups in the district, Sing Tao Daily reported. She joined the police force six years ago.
The 27-year-old was the first officer with a South Asian background to be accepted by the force. Initially stationed at Yuen Long in the New Territories, she was later seconded to the crime unit and criminal intelligence unit at New Territories North Regional Headquarters and then the Police Community Relations Office in Mong Kok district.
Fluent in Urdu, Cantonese, Putonghua and English, Heina uses her language skills to act as a “super liaison officer” between the police force and minorities. She also participates in a community project which aims to strengthen ties between the minority groups themselves and enhance their sense of social responsibility.
Heina visits non-Chinese women in the district and teaches them how to acquire important information, while also translating for them. The officer said she believed that there were still many other ways she could help ethnic minority groups living in the city.