Abdul Faisal, 26, became Hong Kong’s first non-Chinese to have worked his way from constable to inspector since 1997, after graduating with top grades from the Police College at the weekend.
Faisal won the Brian Slevin Trophy, the Baton of Honour and the Commissioner’s Certification of Academic Merit out of the 20 probationary inspectors and 251 recruit constables, Oriental Daily reported.
Hong Kong-born Faisal had aspired to join the police since the age of six, when an officer stopped a group of children from taunting him because of his skin color, he told local media. The officer reassured him that all people are the same inside, no matter the color of their skin.
He joined the police in January 2010, pursuing further studies in his own time and was awarded a higher diploma in 2015. Faisal was promoted to probationary police inspector in August 2016.
Asked for the secret to his success, he told Hong Kong Police’s social media page: “Always give it your best shot, and spare no effort!”
He said he would like to serve as a good example to motivate more ethnic-minority children and young people in Hong Kong that where there’s a will, there’s a way to fulfill their dreams.