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The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) is the principal white-collar crime investigation agency in Singapore. We investigate into a spectrum of commercial and financial crimes and safeguard Singapore’s integrity as a world-class financial and commercial centre through vigilant and professional enforcement of the laws.
The mission of CAD is to prevent, deter and detect financial crime.
Our vision is to make Singapore the safest and most trusted place for business and finance.
The Commercial Affairs Department has three groups, namely the Enforcement Group, the Financial Investigation Group and the Intelligence and Admin Group.
- Enforcement Group
- Financial Investigation Group
- The Payment Systems Fraud Branch (PSFB) investigates into syndicated payment card fraud, counterfeit currency notes and negotiable instruments; and Cross Border Cash Reporting Regime (CBCRR) cases;
- The Insurance & Specialised Fraud Branch (ISFB) investigates into fraud involving fraudulent insurance claims and factoring financing, and unlicensed money-changing and remittance businesses;
- The Asset Confiscation Branch (ACB) investigates into complex money laundering activities and performs concealed income analysis into the financial affairs of defendants to assess their criminal benefits liable for confiscation.
- The E-Commerce Fraud Enforcement & Coordination Team (E-FECT) investigates into syndicated and series e-commerce scams involving the non-delivery of products and/or services which are sold on online marketplaces.
- The Anti-Scam Centre (ASC) centralises the management of anti-scam efforts and provides swift intervention into freezing of bank accounts and retrieval of bank accounts on all scam types, targeted to disrupt scammers' operations and mitigate victims' losses.
- Intelligence & Admin Group
The Investment Fraud Division investigates complex investment and pyramid selling schemes for suspected fraud and breaches of the Securities and Futures Act and the Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Selling (Prohibition) Act that may arise from the operation of such schemes.
The Securities Fraud Division investigates into capital market misconduct such as insider trading and share manipulation, as well as other breaches of the Securities and Futures Act. We also investigate fraud committed by the board and senior management of public listed companies, acting in their official capacity.
The Private Institutional Fraud Division investigates fraud committed by registered directors of private companies, and professionals such as lawyers and public accountants acting in their official capacities. We also investigate into fraudulent timeshare schemes.
The Public Institutional Fraud Division investigates into fraud in the public sector involving government agencies, charities, societies and other public organisations.
The Financial Investigation Division I (FID I) deals with money laundering and other offences under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (CDSA). We also investigate complex cases of fraud involving employees of financial institutions.
The Financial Investigation Division II (FID II) investigates terrorism financing offences under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act (TSOFA). It also facilitates cooperation between CAD and its foreign counterparts to combat transnational crime including money laundering.
The Transnational Fraud Division (TFD) investigates money laundering offences involving transnational scams, domestic wire transfer fraud, transnational scams affecting the general public such as lottery scams, phone impersonation scams and credit-for-sex scams. Since 2017, a Transnational Commercial Crime Task Force (TCTF) was also formed, with investigators from CAD and Land Divisions, to investigate serial transnational scams such as Internet Love Scams and Facebook friend impersonation scams.
The Specialised Commercial Crime Division (SCCD) consists of four investigation branches and the Anti-Scam Centre (ASC):
The Policy & Operations Division (POD) charts operational strategies and development plans to combat commercial and financial crimes. We promulgate doctrines, operating guidelines and procedures on all investigative operational matters for CAD Divisions and the Commercial Crime Units in the Police Land Divisions.
The Corporate Services Group (CSG) administers CAD’s finance, manpower, administration and corporate planning functions.
The Intelligence Division (ID) provides field intelligence support to the enforcement arms of CAD. The Division works with local intelligence agencies and overseas law enforcement agencies to exchange and gather information to tackle transnational commercial crimes.
The Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office (STRO) is Singapore’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and a member of the Egmont Group of FIUs. We are responsible for receiving and analysing Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs), Cash Movement Reports (CMRs) and Cash Transaction Reports (CTRs) and disseminating financial intelligence to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious crimes. We engage and collaborate with the reporting entities, as well as domestic law enforcement and regulatory agencies to carry out our responsibilities. STRO also collaborates with other foreign FIUs to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is the premier investigation agency and staff authority for criminal investigation matters within the Singapore Police Force (SPF).
CID is in charge of investigating serious crimes and sensitive cases, which include murder, rape, bomb blast incidents, organised crime, syndicated casino crimes, and cybercrime. The department is also in charge of crime suppression and enforcement against vice, secret societies, unlicensed money lending and intellectual property rights violations.
Other than the investigative and enforcement functions, CID is also the staff authority on all investigation matters, including providing policy guidance to all frontline investigation units, and developing new capabilities to improve the quality of investigation.
To prevent, deter and detect crime through excellence in investigation.
CID’s main roles are:
- Major Crime Division
The Major Crime Division is made up of three branches, namely Special Investigation Section, Serious Sexual Crime Branch as well as Bomb and Explosive Branch.
The division investigates into homicide, kidnapping, firearm-related, aggravated sexual crime like rape and sexual assault by penetration, bomb and explosive-related, and other major and sensitive cases. In addition, the Bomb and Explosive Branch oversees the development of SPF’s capabilities and readiness in post-blast investigations.
- Specialised Crime Division
The Specialised Crime Division is made up of eight branches, namely the Secret Societies Branch, Specialised Crimes Branch, Unlicensed Moneylending Strikeforce, Intellectual Property Rights Branch, Casino Crime Investigation Branch, Specialised Crime Policy Branch, Organised Crime Branch as well as Financial Investigation Branch.
The division conducts investigations and enforcement into syndicates operating in vice, illegal gambling, trafficking-in-persons, unlicensed moneylending and secret societies activities, infringements of intellectual property rights, and casino crime cases.
In addition, the Organised Crime Branch conducts targeted investigations into organised crime groups. Specialised crime investigations in this division will be complemented by the Financial Investigation Branch, which will conduct forensic accounting and financial investigations to seek out proceeds of illegal criminal activities as well as oversee the civil confiscation regime under the Organised Crime Act.
- Technology Division
The Technology Crime Division is made up of three branches, namely Technology Crime Policy Branch, Technology Crime Investigation Branch as well as Technology Crime Forensic Branch. The division focuses on cybercrime offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
- Forensics Division
The Forensics Division is the authority on crime scene forensic matters in SPF. It provides crime scene forensic support including fingerprint and crime scene documentation, processing and analysis, for investigations conducted by CID.
- Intelligence Division
The Intelligence Division serves to provide intelligence support to the CID units through the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of useful criminal intelligence.
- Investigation Services and Support Division
The Investigation Services and Support Division is made up of five branches, namely Criminal Records Office, Specialised Interview Branch, Corporate Services Branch, Manpower Branch and Service Quality Branch. The division provides critical corporate service and investigation support to CID.
- Operation, Investigation Policy and Training Division
The Operations, Investigation Policy and Training Division is made up of five branches, namely Operations Management, Operations Development, Prosecution Branch, Liaison & Training Branch as well as CRIMES-3.
The division is responsible for the coordination, command and control of all operations as well as major incidents or exercises. It is also the staff authority on investigation policy for CID and all land divisions and specialist units.
- Research, Planning and Organisational Development Division
The Research, Planning and Organisational Development Division is responsible for the strategic and organisational development of CID. The main thrusts of its work include strategic and corporate planning, policy development and legislation reviews, capability development and information management.
Ops-Tech Department (OTD) is the specialist staff department in Singapore Police Force (SPF) that will provide strategic guidance on how SPF can leverage new developments in science and technology across SPF functions.
The mission of Ops-Tech Department is to exploit the best-of-class technologies to transform SPF and enable SPF’s continued operational excellence.
The following are roles performed by Ops-Tech Department:
- Strategic Technology Planning
Develop SPF’s Ops-Tech masterplan, provide strategic guidance on the integration of science and technology across SPF functions and identify key capabilities to strengthen SPF’s technology ecosystem.
- Ops-Tech Policy
Articulate SPF’s position on Ops-Tech policies, to ensure that SPF’s Ops-Tech policies are relevant to and complement MHA’s and other government policies.
- Ops-Tech Competency Development
Develop the Ops-Tech competency framework, together with Training & Capability Development Department (TCDD), to identify the required competencies and training interventions for each Ops-Tech job portfolio.
- Planning and Monitoring
Responsible for budget planning and monitoring of projects managed by OTD, as well as projects managed and supported by Home Team Science & Technology Agency (HTX), to ensure that technology projects meet SPF’s needs.
- Data Policy
Support Director OTD as the SPF Chief Data Officer (CDO), to drive SPF’s data strategy. OTD will be responsible for overseeing policies on data governance, acquisition, sharing and usage of data within SPF.
- Data Ops
Manage SPF’s enterprise data to facilitate its operational use and collaborate with the various stakeholders, such as technical engineers, users and vendors, to address and resolve data-related issues.
- Enterprise Systems
Responsible for taking a holistic view of SPF systems to drive inter-domain integration and the provision of critical integration infrastructure (e.g. API Gateways, Legacy System APIs).
- Technology Futures
Responsible for technology horizon-scanning, which includes assessing and identifying suitable emerging technologies to enable more effective and efficient policing. OTD will also work closely with external agencies, industry partners and Institutes of Higher Learning to perform quick prototyping and Proof of Concept trials.
- Product Development
Develop and implement technology projects to enable more efficient and effective policing, and champion a user-centric approach for the design and development of technology products in SPF.
Police Intelligence Department (PID) has its roots in the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which was set up on 1 April 1973 to support CID's investigations. To reap greater synergies and for better intelligence collation across the entire SPF, the CIU was revamped and upgraded to a division of CID in October 1988. It subsequently grew to become a full-fledged Department on 28 March 1996. That marked the tremendous progress of the unit over the years and reflected the importance of Intelligence alongside Investigation and Operations as the 3 key pillars of policing towards effective law enforcement.
PID’s vision is to be:
- A world-class criminal intelligence agency
- The navigator for the Force
- A formidable pillar in keeping our nation safe and secure
- A family of valued professionals working in and for our best home
The mission of the Police Intelligence Department is to provide useful intelligence to prevent, deter, and detect crime in Singapore
The Police Intelligence Department (PID) is responsible for the specialised field of intelligence operations in the SPF. It takes charge of all other intelligence matters, including police intelligence doctrines and related policies in support of SPF’s mission.
PID is also the staff authority for intelligence processing and analysis functions in the SPF. The scope of responsibilities include: enrichment of crime data and information; compilation and dissemination of national crime statistics; assessment of Overall Crimes situation and crime concerns; discovery of criminal groups, syndicates or networks; and identification of environment drivers and trends that impact crime, public order and security in Singapore.
The Police Psychological Services Department is the staff authority on psychological matters and serve as SPF’s dedicated psychology outfit tasked to develop cross-cutting psychological knowledge and capabilities into ensuring police organizational and operational excellence.
To use psychological principles to support officers, and to enhance the operational and organisational effectiveness of SPF using evidence-based practices.
PPSD’s main roles are:
Assessment Psychology- Provide psychological assessment tools anchored in police psychology and developed for assessment of police personnel within the policing context. Develop psychological techniques and tools for personnel selection, assessment and development. Develop assessments capabilities to allow for the harnessing of extant and emerging technologies into the development of assessment platforms within SPF.
Leadership Psychology- Develop Police specific and relevant leadership tools, initiatives and interventions to support effective police leadership at all levels and enhance the organizational and operational leadership as well as the ground command capabilities. Provide Police leadership measurement and feedback platforms that would enable effective leadership assessment, development and feedback to enhance the quality of police leaders at all levels within SPF.
Operations Psychology - Conductunitmeasurements and provide timely organizational and operational update on the psychological health of units. Develop instruments to provide timely operational sensing. Deploy psychological knowledge into police operations to ensure operational success and support investigations through providing psychological intelligence on human behavior and response to policing interventions.
Crime Psychology – Deploypsychological know-how to support law enforcement. Deploypsychological expertise to support and build up police competence in working effectively with victims of crime.
Resilience Psychology – Provide psychological interventions to police personnel and units to prevent psychological casualty whilst enhancing psychological strength and resilience. Develop psychological packages, interventions and instruments to prepare police personnel and units in their readiness to perform all levels of police operations.