"To promote the development of criminological research, education and criminal justice policy in the Asia Region"
The 21st Century will present Hong Kong with many opportunities and challenges in the field of criminology. As Hong Kong develops as a financial and communications centre and as a base for information technology, it is essential that our criminal justice system keeps pace. These technical developments present us with increasingly sophisticated crime problems, but also provide opportunities for developing our capability to deal effectively with them. It is important that these opportunities are identified and incorporated into an appropriate legal framework so that these new capabilities are used in a manner that is acceptable to society.
Hong Kong's new role as a Special Administrative Region of China is likely to result in increased cross-border activity that may result in social changes that will have an impact on patterns of criminal activity.
Anticipated changes in employment patterns and movements of population are also likely to result in social stresses in the community. This, in turn, is likely to result in new patterns of criminal behaviour. It is essential that the Centre for Criminology undertakes studies into areas of social behaviour to identify these changes and the likely consequences at an early stage.
The role of punishment and the effectiveness of offender treatment are important aspects of our criminal justice system that must keep pace with social and scientific development. This is another area where the Centre for Criminology could undertake significant research.