In November 2003, the Security Watch Group (SWG) Scheme was introduced as mainly a Police-networking platform for the commercial sector to collaborate on the target-hardening of their premises where they operate their businesses. Buildings are grouped into SWG clusters. Within each SWG cluster, buildings undergo the three-step process of threat assessment, auditing of systems and the streamlining of operations through the pooling of resources.
In November 2006, the SWG Scheme underwent an upgrading exercise to incorporate both safety and security aspects of the Police and SCDF, and become officially known as the Safety and Security Watch Group (SSWG) Scheme. Through this conversion, the business community will be better equipped with robust measures to fight crime and terrorism threats effectively as well as become more confident to tackle future crisis incident.
There are more than 150 SSWG clusters with close to 1400 member buildings.
While geographic-based SSWGs have enabled commercial establishments located in close proximity to institute common safety and security measures to protect against a localised terror attack or crime, the scope, however, may not sufficiently address the safety and security concerns of the SSWGs at the industry-level, where the impact of a terrorist attack or any other disaster could be far-reaching as the entire chain of operations is disrupted or stalled at the industrial level. The impact would not only cripple the operations of an industry, it would also affect the economic well-being of the country.
The Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (iSSWG) is hence mooted to address this gap. With the formation of the iSSWG, Police can systematically engage selected industries on safety and security issues at a more holistic level. It also promotes the strengthening of ties between the police and industrial associations to fight crime and terrorism and enhances existing engagements for greater robustness and long term sustainability. As industries differ in risk-vulnerability and mode of operations, the iSSWG engagement would be customised to adequately meet the needs of respective industries.
Youth crime is a key concern and to shrink future adult criminal population, Police Land Divisions engage at-risk students under Youth Engagement Programs (YEP) which include activities such as sports and societal responsibility.
The police runs its Youth Engagement Programme (YEP), which introduces police mentors to at-risk male students aged 13 to 14 years old. These students generally comprise adolescents who do not have criminal antecedents but are deemed vulnerable to crime due to certain environmental and socio-economic factors.
The YEP aims to alter attitudes, adjust behaviours and advocate positive change in the lives of the students who participate in the programmes. It is also aligned with the SPF’s preference for engagement and proactive prevention to enforcement.
(17 Oct 2015, ‘We STRIVE 2015’, Police mentors from Bedok Division and facilitators from Positive Intentions Pte Ltd)
Youths are taught the importance of setting goals and developing a positive attitude during the MacRitchie Tree Top Walk.
(10 Nov 2015, ‘We STRIVE 2015’, Police mentors from Bedok Division and facilitators from Positive Intentions Pte Ltd)
Youths being briefed before their game at the Rochor Annual Futsal Tournament 2015. As the youths come together to expend their energies in some sporting fun, Police mentors capitalise on the opportunity to caution them against falling into crime and help them improve themselves at the same time.
(16 Nov 2015, ‘Project STAR 2015’, Police mentors from Central Division and facilitators from CARE Singapore)
Focus group sessions allow police officers from Rochor NPC to meet the students in smaller groups for effective interaction.
(11 Nov 2015, ‘Project STAR 2015’, Police mentors from Central Division and facilitators from CARE Singapore)