- 1820 Establishment of the Singapore Police Force 1820 - 1826
- 1826 The police force expands to fight rising crime in a flourishing town 1826 - 1872
- 1872 Modernisation under the Straits Settlements Police Force 1872 - 1942
- 1946 Restoring order in the aftermath of war 1946 - 1959
- 1959 Safeguarding the Nation’s future 1959-1965
- 1965 Securing the new Nation 1965-1983
- 1983 Partnering the community in the fight against crime 1983 - 2001
- 2001 Developing new capabilities for a new era 2001 - Present
Policing in the New Millennium
ERT Officers on ground deployment. Source: SPF
The 11 September 2001 attacks in New York and Washington DC and the subsequent war on terrorism changed the entire operating landscape and forced the SPF to rethink the way the Force operated. New capabilities such as bomb blast management, counter assault measures and other counter-terrorist measures were developed to deal with the new security environment. More recently, SPF geared up its counter terrorism operational capabilities with the introduction of Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) and In-Situ Reaction Teams (IRTs) to handle incidents quicker. The SPF continues to engage the community through SGSecure to sensitise, train and mobilise our community to prevent and deal with a terror attack.
In tandem with evolving demographics, technological advancements, rising affluence and education, as well as to stay ahead of changing operating environment, the NPC system was further enhanced in 2012 to the current Community Policing System (COPS). SPF also made full use of modern technology to better manage change. Technology adoption is being strengthened with more video-analytics enabled police cameras installed at public areas and equipping frontline officers with the necessary equipment for better sense-making to fight crimes.
The community remains a key partner in the fight against crime. Source: SPF
Officers work round-the-clock to safeguard our every day. Source: SPF
In 2018, Singapore was again ranked first in the Gallup Global Law and Order Report 2018, with 94% of our residents feeling safe walking alone in their neighbourhood at night. The strong Police-Community partnership remains an important pillar of successful policing in Singapore. SPF will continue to partner the community and stakeholders to safeguard the public safety in Singapore, and ensure that Singapore remains one of the safest countries in the world.