Fans who often chase to watch Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊>, do you feel rather envious every time you see Michael Tse’s (謝天華) Laughing Gor meeting up with Fala Chen’s (陈法拉) Madam Jo or Damien Lau’s (刘松仁) SSP Harry meeting of Ben Wong’s (黃智賢) Lat Keung, all in the safe protection house?
Being able to live in the exquisitely designed safe protection house definitely adds on a little consolation to the dangerous life experiences of an undercover spy. Then how about the actual safe protection house provided by the police force in real life?
A friend of the reporter who was from the police force, laughed and said not to dream too early as the luxurious designs of the safe protection house in drama series were created for visual effects. Whereas in real life, most of the safe protection house that the undercover agents live in were low-cost housing estates. In any case, it must be enough ordinary, civilian and less eye-catching as possible, in order to disguise his identity.
To deceive and blend in with the others, the undercover agent does not meet with his superior in the safe protection house but in a hidden and concealed area. The reporter felt curious whether the undercover agent would be like the plot from the movie, Infernal Affairs <無間道> and stand on the rooftop of a commercial building and reminisce about his “three years after another three years” undercover story while looking at the skyline of Hong Kong? The police officer friend laughed and remarked that the reporter and the audience were too into the dramas. He pointed out that in modern times, most of the commercial buildings would have their rooftops locked so the possibility of meeting with the superior up on the rooftop was completely ruled out.
Earlier on, the reporter mentioned that in the drama, the police force was worried that the undercover agent could not withstand the temptation of material needs and would end up changing his alliance. That police friend revealed that the undercover agent’s safety is of the utmost important consideration when carrying out secret missions. In the event that the undercover agent’s identity was to be doubted by a secret society, his superior would immediately request the undercover agent to stop all his missions, in order to protect his safety.
The police friend divulged to the reporter a real case scenario from the police force. Many years ago, there was a police undercover agent who reported to his handler that his undercover identity could have already been exposed by the triad society. After which, his handler reverted this matter to the upper authorities. However a high-ranking police officer felt that it was almost time to reap in the net (that they had previously cast) and didn’t want their efforts to go down the drain and hence requested the undercover agent to hang in there for a few more days. In the end, the plight of the said undercover agent was rather tragic as he was beaten up badly by several members of the triad society and had to be hospitalized for quite some time. Although the undercover agent wasn’t in any life-threatening condition but that high-ranking police officer did not even bother to ask after him.
This article was translated by Ah K, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com.