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Industry Safety and Security Watch Group

SSWG The twin threats of crime and terrorism remain a concern and it is critical that the business community works hand-in-hand with the Home Team to fight current and emerging safety and security concerns. 

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. However, it may not sufficiently address the safety and security concerns at the industry-level as the impact of a terrorist attack or any other disaster could affect the entire supply chain, thereby affecting the country’s economic well-being. 

The Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (iSSWG) was hence introduced 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 engagements would be customised to adequately meet the needs of respective industries.

FAQ on iSSWG

Q: Why was Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (ISSWG) formed?
A: The Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (iSSWG) was formed to address the safety and security concerns of the SSWGs at the industry-level.

Q: What are the benefits of joining Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (ISSWG)?
A: With the formation of the Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (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 customized to adequately meet the needs of respective industries.

Q: Which organisations are eligible to join the Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (ISSWG) Scheme?
A: Any organization that belongs to any identified industries are eligible and welcome to participate in the scheme. Below is a list of industries which are currently part of the Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (iSSWG) scheme:

• Chemical Industry: Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC)
• Financial Industry: Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
• Hotel Industry: Singapore Hotel Association (SHA)
• Retailers, Shopping Centres: Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA)
• Manufacturing Industry: Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF)

Q: What are the activities of Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (ISSWG)?

A: Police and the respective government authority/industrial association/council will regularly engage members of the SSWG within the respective industries. Below are some examples of activities which Police have carried out with the iSSWG: · Share relevant crime statistics, concerns and preventive measures to enable iSSWG members to better protect themselves from crime;
· Share relevant information on terrorism-related activities and issues to enable iSSWG members to take up measures to heighten their alertness and protect themselves from becoming easy targets of terrorism;
· Jointly organize training, workshops or seminars to raise awareness, educate or train members on safety and security measures; and/or
· Jointly develop standards, guidelines or programmes to help members enhance their safety and security knowledge and measures.

Q: How do I register my company on the Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (ISSWG) Scheme?
A: If your company falls under one of the five industries with iSSWG established, please contact your Government Authority/Industrial Association/Council to find out about the Industry Safety and Security Watch Group (iSSWG) of your industry. There are no fees or charges imposed for registration on the iSSWG scheme.

If your company does not fall under any of the industries with an iSSWG established, you may consider signing up for the geographical-based SSWG scheme if you are a building owner.

For all other queries, please email to spf_sswg@spf.gov.sg

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