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Corrections Service Department [Hong Kong]

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Corrections Service Department, 1982-1997

Department flag, 1982-1997
[Corrections Service Department] by Martin Grieve

Badge Detail
[Corrections Service Department] by Martin Grieve

Another "different" Edwardian crown appeared on the badge and therefore the flag of the Correctional Services Department of Hong Kong between 1982-1997. Jaume Ollé wrote me

The Prisons service was separated from the police 1879. The Prisons department changed his name 1982. Theres no information about its flag, if any, from 1879 to 1982 The flag of correctional services was adopted 1982. Changed 1-7-1997.

Note the blue ermine at base, yellow pearls, and all jewels in red! I just wonder - is this due to bad artistic rendition, or indeed the way it *should* be?
Martin Grieve, 5 August 2003


Corrections Service Department, since 1997

Department flag, 1982-1997
[Corrections Service Department] by Martin Grieve

Badge Detail
[Corrections Service Department] by Martin Grieve

On the 1st July 1997, the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department's flag underwent a dramatic change, in that the badge of that department was completely revised. The British Colonial badge was dropped in favour of something more in keeping with the culture of this little gem in the orient.

The badge is centrally positioned on a Blue & Yellow vertical bi-colour, whose overall proportions are 2:3 whilst the badge height is 3/4 the height (or width) of the flag.
Martin Grieve, 3 August 2003


The compass in the badge symbolizes that the Department "has a clear sense of direction".
Miles Li, 3 August 2003


What I've heard is different. I remember just prior to the handover, they said the new emblem meant "Guiding the wronged."
John Ma, 3 August 2003