Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
HypocrisyThe Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Vincent Shing Cheng

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455683

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455683.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2022. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 29 June 2022

Police and the ‘Hooks’

Police and the ‘Hooks’

(p.30) 3 Police and the ‘Hooks’

Vincent Shing Cheng

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines former prisoners’ experiences of being arrested and their views on the police officers who arrest them. With the example of the use of informants, which the former prisoners called ‘hooking’, it argues that the police officers’ concern for intelligence collection and meeting arrest quotas had overridden the concern for ‘saving the drug addicts’. The former drug detainees were exposed to the media presentation of ‘model police officers’ on the front stage and the actual practices of ‘hooking’ on the backstage simultaneously. It argues that this had contributed to their feelings of injustice and to a structural system of hypocrisy formed by the material circumstances of the prison as well as outside bureaucratic performance criteria like the arrest quota and different types of performance measurements linked to the daily police operation.

Keywords:   Policing, Chinese police, informers, intelligence collection, criminal justice, drug control, corruptions

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .