Independent review panel to look into misconduct of Home Team officers

SINGAPORE: An independent review panel will be set up to look into the misconduct of Home Team officers.

Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean announced this in Parliament on Thursday during the Committee of Supply debate for his ministry.

The panel will augment the current system in place within individual Home Team agencies, for carrying out investigations into allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by their officers.

Mr Teo, who is also deputy prime minister, said that when directed by the minister, the panel will review the findings of internal investigations into cases of serious alleged misconduct by an officer in his official capacity.

This would include “cases which have resulted in death or serious injury, cases which obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice, or where it is in the public interest to do so”.

The panel will report directly to the home affairs minister, and review whether the allegations are substantiated, and whether investigations into the cases had been thorough and carried out in a fair manner.

Its members will comprise prominent members of the community, including people with deep legal knowledge and experience, and can also include former senior Home Team officers.

Mr Teo said the panel will ensure that there are independent, robust and fair processes in place to review allegations of misconduct.

He added that this will in turn foster greater public trust and confidence in the integrity of the Home Team.

The panel will be implemented by the end of this year.

In coming up with the initiative, the ministry had studied models used in other countries which have an independent body to oversee, investigate and review complaints against law enforcement.

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