Upholding the Rule of Law and Public Safety
148. Since the establishment of the Special Administrative Region
Government, we have continued to strictly uphold the rule of law.
Our courts have maintained their independent judicial authority
and the rights and freedoms of our citizens continue to be protected
149. Public safety and security are pre-requisites for a stable
and prosperous society. Hong Kong's disciplinary services maintain
law and order with a high level of professionalism. During the past
few years, our overall crime rate has dropped and we remain one
of the safest cities in the world. Visitors feel safe in Hong Kong,
but we will not be complacent; we will continue with our efforts
in ensuring peace in society.