Tag Archives: POLICE

Foreigners to be recruited into Singapore Police Force in future?

Can Singaporeans accept police officers who are foreigners, given the manpower crunch the force faces? Although permanent residents can currently be recruited, the police’s manpower director Tan Hung Hooi said “what kind of numbers, as an organisation and as a society, we are prepared to take in ... is something that still needs to be further deliberated on”. The question came up at the Police Workplan Seminar yesterday, during a dialogue held with about 200 junior-college and polytechnic students.

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FORMER POLICE OFFICER: I DO NOT RESPECT THE NEW POLICE OFFICERS ANYMORE

When I joined the police force in 1983 with full A level qualification, I had to start off as a police constable. After 7 years, I got my corporal rank. Another 3 years of hell in investigation before I was given the Sgt rank. Today, the ranks are given freely as if it’s lelong sale in a pasar malam. When I had my recent encounter with the young police Sgt and a corporal, I had a hard time telling them that I could write a better statement rather than him recording my statement. But they refused and accused me of interfering in their police investigation! What a langgar situation. My respect for those newly minted police officers is lost.

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TWO BOYS ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING AS POLICE OFFICERS

Police arrested two teens, aged 15 and 16, for posing as police officers and demanding their victims surrender their mobile phones and ez-link cards to them. The duo were caught after the victims, who are two students, made a police report on April 1 saying that they were approached and checked by two persons who identified themselves as police officers. They were told to surrender their mobile phones and ez-link cards and wait while the two "officers" returned to their vehicle.

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Bertha Henson: We should back our police force

Just as predictably, NGOs spoke up on behalf of foreign workers, citing the lack of amenities that cater for them. Then there were those who spoke about Geylang’s colourful and flavourful atmosphere, so different from the rest of sterile Singapore I suppose. If you don’t look for trouble, you don’t get into trouble. Unsavoury characters leave you alone, say the Geylang lobby. That got me thinking of Joo Chiat. Remember the fuss that was being made over how the area was turning into sleaze street? The community, mainly residents, got involved and the area appeared to have been cleaned up.

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Policemen to wear body cameras – Good Idea. What about Interrogations, Investigations and Interviews?

I think this is an excellent idea. I had previously wondered why we weren't following certain police forces elsewhere, which have cameras mounted on the police vehicles dashboards to record activities whilst patrolling or stopping cars and persons. This measure goes 1 better, instead of just in a car which can only record from 1 angle (the front) and on a road, a body camera can capture and record activity anywhere. I'm sure we have a law that forbids people from recording or sharing their recordings of policemen in the execution of their duty. Or the police can seize such recordings on the pretext it interferes or compromises their investigations. So to resolve this in an ever increasing digital world, a video recording by a policemen will help, provided protocols are in place to prevent their tampering, if and when it becomes necessary to view it.

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JOHOR POLICE CHIEF: JB IS VERY SAFE AND S’POREANS ARE NOT BEING TARGETED FOR CRIME

Apparently, Singaporeans' concerns about JB being unsafe are misguided, according to the Johor Police Chief who said that the state is "safe beyond doubt". Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff declared that the police are in full control of the situation despite widespread belief that Johor is dangerous. He pointed to recently released statistics on crime rates in Johor saying that the number of crimes has decreased by about 10% since 2012. The rate of crime has also steadily been decreasing since 2008 with a total 36% fewer reported cases.

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THE FORCE IS WITH THEM

"Under the enhanced powers, police officers would be allowed, for instance, to strip search a person for alcohol. Police officers holding the rank of sergeant and above would be empowered to raid any place within Little India, without a warrant, if the officer reasonably suspects an offence has been, is being, or likely to be committed."

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CHINESE MAN JAILED FOR COMMITTING INDECENT ACT WITH 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Ng Guek Kim, 54, was jailed for seven months on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty last month to committing an indecent act with a child under 14 years old at a flat in Hougang sometime in 2009. He had stopped molesting the girl when she complained that she felt "very itchy". She only reported him to the police in June 2012.

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Police report lodged over resurfaced ‘Halal Pork’ Facebook hoax

The police confirmed on Thursday that a report has been lodged against a religiously insensitive hoax that was making its rounds on social media platform Facebook recently. The image, which depicts a packet of grocery retailer FairPrice's Pasar Fresh Pork bearing a green halal sticker, was first circulated via e-mail here in 2007.

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INCOMPETENT SINGAPORE TRAFFIC POLICE IGNORES COMPLAINT?

When Mr Goh was slapped with the summon of 12 demerits points from the traffic police for the offence of beating the traffic light camera at the junction of lavender & Serangoon/Jalan Besar Road, he had initially approached me to make a request that I would become his scapegoat in this matter to which I had flatly rejected him. This can be credited to the fact that he had a history of 3 counts of traffic offences which had accumulated to a total demerit point of 28 prior to this. Should he accept the deserved punishment of 12 demerits points for flouting the vested traffic rules, he would have accumulated a total of 40 demerits points within a short span of 3 or so months.

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