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BornRupert Timothy Alan Dover
(1967-08-09) 9 August 1967 (age 52)
Hertford, United Kingdom
Baptised (1967-08-09) 9 August 1967 (age 52)
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Rupert Timothy Alan Dover (born 9 August 1967) is a British-born Assistant Commissioner and Regional Commander of Kowloon West with the Hong Kong Police Force.[1]

Early life[edit]

After obtaining an archaeology degree in the United Kingdom,[2] Dover joined the former Royal Hong Kong Police Force in 1988 as a probationary inspector.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2014, Dover was involved in policing the Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong.[4] In 2016, he received the Chief Executive's Commendation for Government/Public Service.[5][6]

In 2019, he commanded the police response to protests about a proposed extradition law on 12 June when the protesters surrounded the Legislative Council Complex in an attempt to stall the bill's second reading.[7] Dover and other—particularly expatriate—officers, have been criticized for their handling of the protests while also targeted with harassment and doxing.[8][9][10]

In February 2020, Dover was promoted to the position of Assistant Commissioner of Police and took over the position of Regional Commander, Kowloon West following the retirement of Michael Cheuk Hau Yip.[1][11]

In 2018, Dover founded Voltage Stabilisers International (HK) Limited, a company selling air conditioning systems in which he retained a 60 per cent share.[12]

Property controversy[edit]

On 29 April 2020, Apple Daily in a tabloid-style investigation[13] reported on Dover's house in a village in Clear Water Bay Peninsula where most property is squatter housing intended for 1960s typhoon victims, alleging violations of building regulations. The property is built on government land, on conditions where residents are prohibited from selling, trading, or leasing out their houses. Dover's air conditioning business has the house as its registered address.[12]

The report alleged that the house consisted of three floors, violating building regulations that limit squatter housing to two floors. One third of the ground-floor garden was purported to exceed the land area granted, with the house's gate seemingly constructed on government land. The report noted that Google Street View data from 2011 showed that House 1 did not contain any unapproved structures, suggesting that the extra floor on the roof was constructed after 2011.[14] The report came after two Next Magazine journalists—one reporter and one photographer—were arrested over allegations of loitering while conducting an investigation into Dover's residence.[15][16] Following the Apple Daily report, Dover said that he would move out of the house if instructed by officials.[17] On 4 May, the Lands Department sent ten officials to inspect Dover's home, investigating whether Dover violated his licensing conditions for the property on government land.[18]

Between 2014 and 2018, Dover and his wife Sze Cheung offered short-terms rentals for House 61A—another house in Pik Shui Sun Tsuen—on Facebook, according to Ming Pao. The listing offered leases between two nights and one month. The Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance (Cap 349) defines residences leased out for less than 28 consecutive days as a guesthouse, which requires a licence to operate, with unlawful operation of guesthouses being a criminal offence. The Lands Department confirmed that House 61A was a licensed house, with the licence limiting the house to be used as storage. The Home Affairs Department additionally confirmed that a guesthouse licence has not been obtained for House 61A, suggesting that it was operated illegally as a guesthouse.[19]

His wife Sze Cheung was alleged to have changed her Facebook profile picture to a photograph of a reporter—whose identity was not publicly available—in violation of a 2019 High Court injunction barring anyone from disclosing or publishing personal details of Apple Daily's staff.[20] The Hong Kong Journalists Association urged the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to investigate the case. Dover has stated he would not comment on his wife’s actions on social media. On 2 May, Apple Daily delivered Dover and his wife a legal letter to their residence. [21][22]

Police Commissioner Chris Tang has accused Apple Daily's attacks on senior officers of being retaliation for the 18 April arrest of the paper's founder Jimmy Lai.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Rupert Dover is married to his wife Cheung Ngar Sze (Chinese: 張雅詩[23]; also known as Sze Dover), a Sergeant in the Hong Kong Police Force.[21][24]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Senior Officers | Hong Kong Police Force". www.police.gov.hk. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  2. "搶救墜機 押解難民機場特警揭秘". Apple Daily 蘋果日報. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  3. "Hong Kong protest leader confronts British officer", Richard Lloyd Parry, The Times, 9 July 2019, p. 26.
  4. "Brits in HK police 'played key crackdown roles'". 24 June 2019.
  5. https://www.csb.gov.hk/hkgcsb/csn/csn97/97e/pdf/csn97eng.pdf
  6. "2016 Force Honours List".
  7. "Activists single out British officers in protests against Hong Kong police".
  8. Chen, Frank (June 24, 2019). "Brits in HK police 'played key crackdown roles'". Asia Times. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  9. Sterwell, Phillip (23 June 2019). "Activists single out British officers in protests against Hong Kong police". The Times. Archived from the original on 16 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Hong Kong's expat police officers targeted by protesters as doing Beijing's bidding". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  11. "Wisdom sharing by retiring RC KW". www.police.gov.hk. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "【蘋果踢爆】陶輝私竇曝光!助理警務處長開公司賣冷氣零件 報住清水灣寮屋疑違法". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  13. "Watchdog urged to probe posting of reporter's photo on Facebook account". South China Morning Post. 2020-05-02. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  14. "霸佔官地 住牌照屋 僭建天台 陶輝知法犯法". 蘋果日報. 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  15. "壹週刊:記者清水灣追訪陶輝後被警帶走 嚴厲譴責警察濫權 阻揭警隊高層醜聞 | 立場報道 | 立場新聞". 立場新聞 Stand News. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  16. "壹週刊嚴厲譴責警察濫用公權力 警方批評對方歪曲事實". Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  17. "Licensee gave us permission for house: Rupert Dover - RTHK". RTHK. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  18. "Govt officials inspect Rupert Dover's home - RTHK". RTHK. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  19. "陶輝涉辦無牌民宿 民政署跟進 牌照屋疑霸官地僭建 地署證限儲物用途". Ming Pao (in Chinese). 2 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Hong Kong police chief accuses newspaper of running targeted campaign against him". South China Morning Post. 2020-05-05. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Watchdog urged to probe posting of reporter's photo on Facebook account". South China Morning Post. 2020-05-02. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  22. "【陶輝私竇】fb換記者頭像「起底」涉違禁制令 《蘋果》向陶輝妻發律師信". Apple Daily 蘋果日報 (in 中文). Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  23. "【獨家有片|踢爆後匿入公廁】助理警務處長陶輝疑非法佔清水灣牌照屋 採訪後警察擄走記者". Next Magazine 壹週刊 (in 中文). Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  24. "【蘋果踢爆】目無法紀!陶輝與警妻非法出租千呎牌照屋作民宿 涉無牌經營旅館". Apple Daily 蘋果日報 (in 中文). Retrieved 2020-05-04.
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Preceded by
Michael Cheuk
Regional Commander of Kowloon West, Hong Kong
2020–present
Incumbent


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