Karlsruhe Dialogues 2010

Organized Crime - Dark Sides of Globalization

Adrian Kim-Fai Kwan




Adrian Kim-Fai Kwan is Superintendent at the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau at the Hong Kong Police, which he joined in the year 1988 as an Inspector. Furthermore, he holds a Master degree in Criminology, a Bachelor degree (Hon) in Physics and a Professional Diploma in Computer Forensic. Kwan has spent a large part of his career in the crime stream and was promoted to the rank of a Chief Inspector in 1997. During this period, he primarily served in the Security Wing, where he was responsible for a range of security-related matters including counter-terrorism and security co-ordination. He advanced to the rank of a Superintendent in 2002 and achieved the post of an Assistant District Commander (Crime) in the Yau Tsim District, one of the busiest police formations in Hong Kong. In the year 2004, Kwan attended the Police Executive Leadership Programme at the Police College of Australian Police. He was handpicked to the post of a Divisional Head of Organized Crime and Triad Bureau in 2007 and has then taken over responsibility to oversee major and sensitive investigations, which involved triads and/or cross-border activities. Triad is a connection of criminal organizations, which originated in China and is often also referred to as Chinese Mafia, but which operates also worldwide. In recognition of his police service, Kwan has been awarded the Police Long Service Medal in 2006. He is married and has one son and one daughter.


ZAK asked Adrian Kim-Fai Kwan to answer the following question:

Globalization makes it possible that organized crime expands. What can be done against it at the local level?

"Organized crimes find their way to get across the international boundaries through the advance in transportation and communication technology. Yet criminal gangs may still find it difficult to operate overseas without collaborating with the local gangsters due to the lack of local knowledge. By monitoring the local gangsters as well as their financial activities, the law enforcement agencies can identify traces of transnational criminal activities. Of course effective intelligence network and international cooperation are equally important in tackling the expansion of organized crime."