Marine Parade Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) rolled out the Community Policing System (COPS) system on Sunday. It is the last of the NPCs to adopt the new system which is supposed to bring the police closer to the community.

“Police officers on bicycle patrols interact with residents on a daily basis and the new crime strike force has enhanced localised crime fighting capabilities. The police will continue to work hard to build on our foundation of trust with the community and keep our communities safe,” says Assistant Commissioner of Police Alvin Moh.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said that it was the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew who suggested the idea for Singapore to study the Japanese Koban system – which is a network of mini police stations.

“He suggested that the police should be part of the community,” Mr Goh said. “They should be out walking around, befriending the community members and therefore getting the support of the community. In a sense, embedding them in the community very much as a member of the community, and the community supporting the police, therefore the community becoming very much a part of the police force.”

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