Here’s a look back at the year’s highlights for the SPF!
By: Domnic Dass and Christabelle Lim
The Opening of the Anti-Scam Command (ASCom)
Scammers beware! The ASCom was operationalised on 22 March 2022 for greater synergies within the Singapore Police Force (SPF) through the integration of scam investigation, incident response, intervention, enforcement and sense-making capabilities within a single unit. The ASCom comprises the Anti-Scam Centre and three Anti-Scam Investigation Branches. It also oversees the Scam Strike Teams within the seven Police Land Divisions. Since its operationalisation, the ASCom has disrupted scammers’ operations upstream and combated syndicated and transnational scam cases downstream. In other scam-busting developments, the SPF, National Crime Prevention Council and GovTech also collaborated to launch the ScamShield app on Android on 28 September 2022.
The Police Workplan Seminar 2022: Policing with a Heart
Empathy and engagement were top of the agenda at the Police Workplan Seminar 2022. Held on 26 April 2022, the Seminar provided updates on a range of public-centric initiatives that demonstrate how the SPF supports victims of crime (especially family violence and sexual crime) by providing timely upstream interventions in collaboration with our partners. Learn more about the Police Workplan Seminar 2022 here.
Commissioning of Next-Generation Patrol Craft
Enhancing our operational capabilities remains a priority for the SPF. On 30 June 2022, the Police Coast Guard (PCG) commissioned a series of next-generation patrol craft that will greatly sharpen our marine policing capabilities. The new vessels include the 5th Generation PT Class Patrol Craft, the 3-Series PC Class Patrol Craft and the 3rd Generation PJ Class Interceptor. Learn more about these vessels here!
5th Anniversary of the Protective Security Command (ProCom)
ProCom celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2022! A specialist unit tasked with protecting strategic events and critical infrastructure, ProCom has the largest number of PNSFs and PNS officers within the SPF. In their distinctive beige berets, ProCom officers play a crucial role in keeping Singapore safe and secure. Learn more about ProCom here!
Community Partnerships Award Ceremony: The Fight Against Scams
With scam cases on the rise, the community has a vital role to play. The SPF’s Community Partnership Awards Ceremony was held on 7 April 2022 to recognise the efforts of our community partners in combating scams. A total of 75 individuals and 45 organisations received the awards.
20th Anniversary of the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
It takes empathy and skill to negotiate during crises. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 was the CNU, a specialist unit that responds to critical events where the application of crisis communication skills and specialised training saves lives. Such events include hostage incidents, barricaded incidents and attempted suicides. Learn more about our dedicated CNU officers!