- Mission and Vision
- Organisation Structure
- Rank Insignia
- National Service
- History and Milestones
- Heritage Centre
The Airport Police Division (APD) is the state authority responsible for aviation security in Singapore. APD strives to make Changi and Seletar airports the safest airports in the world. It works closely with key aviation stakeholders to protect our airports against terrorism and acts of unlawful interference so as to ensure a safe and secure air travel for passengers
To protect Singapore Civil Aviation against crime.
APD functions as the law enforcement agency, responsible for the maintenance of law and order within its jurisdiction, which encompasses the Singapore Changi Airport, Seletar Airport, Changi Airfreight Centre and Airport Logistics Park of Singapore.
SPF is also the Appropriate Authority for civil aviation security in Singapore, fulfilling its international obligation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation framework. APD, as the executive arm of the SPF, is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of the National Civil Aviation Security Programme, National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme and National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme. It protects the security of international civil aviation in the airports and safeguard against acts of unlawful interference aimed at passengers, personnel, aircrafts, airport terminals and aircraft navigation installations.
In carrying out its roles, APD maintains close relationships with its partners which comprises the Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, other government agencies, Changi Airport Group, airline operators, ground handling agencies and other private organisations operating within the airports.
With the airports as vital installations linking Singapore with the rest of the world, APD strives to fulfil its duties through robust and relevant security measures, enabling Changi Airport, as Singapore’s only international airport, to retain its accolade as one of the best international airports in the world.
The history of the Gurkha Contingent (GC) is intrinsically linked to the formative years of Singapore when it was called upon many times to help restore law and order on the streets. Throughout this period, the unit repeatedly demonstrated its reputation as an effective impartial force characterised by its total discipline and loyalty.
The GC was formed to provide a "strong-arm" within the Police Force capable of quelling civil disturbance and carrying out specialist security tasks. The majority of the unit’s police officers are Gurkhas recruited from a small number of hill tribes in Nepal. These Gurkhas possess the qualities best suited to service in the Contingent, specifically: physical and mental robustness, resourcefulness and an uncomplaining dependability.
Today, the GC carries out many diverse roles for the Singapore Police Force (SPF). These roles are still very much related to the security tasks for which GC was originally formed.
To react rapidly and decisively in support of SPF operations.
As a world-class security unit, tough, vigilant, and steadfast, fully trained and manned, and employing the traditional Gurkha to the best of his natural abilities, the GC is to achieve operational success across the spectrum of para-military operations to help safeguard Singapore.
The Home Team School of Criminal Investigation (HTSCI) was established as a specialist unit under the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to serve the investigation training needs of the Police and the Home Team. HTSCI reports to a Board of Management (BOM), chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations and Intelligence). The BOM comprises senior investigation and management staff from the Home Team Academy, Casino Regulatory Authority, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Central Narcotics Bureau and the Commercial Affairs Department.
To train all investigation and forensic officers in the Home Team and related law enforcement agencies with skills and competencies, and in new capabilities, to face current and future challenges in criminal investigation work.
HTSCI strives to be at the leading edge of criminal investigation training, establishing standards of excellence in training and learning for investigation and forensic officers. It serves as the beacon to guide knowledge, skills and competency development in criminal investigation in the Home Team.
HTSCI conducts courses to meet the investigation training needs of all Home Team Departments (HTDs). HTSCI courses are attended by investigation and forensic officers from HTDs and other law enforcement agencies. The courses range from milestone, to specialised courses and to modular workshops. Milestone courses train investigators progressively through the basic to intermediate and advanced investigation courses. Investigation Leadership courses are held for investigation supervisors and leaders at various levels. Specialised courses cover areas such as financial investigation, tech crime investigation, forensics and post blast investigation. Modular workshops and seminars are organised on subject matters such as interview skills, legal related matters and on new trends and developments. The school also facilitates networking and peer-learning, with a view to strengthen investigators across the entire spectrum of HTDs, contributing to greater Home Team effectiveness.
The school has outreached to institutes of higher learning, related enforcement agencies and international law enforcement training counterparts. Regional training seminars are occasionally organised on specialised investigation areas.
In its daily operations, the school is supported by full-time and adjunct trainers drawn from the investigation community. It works closely with operational investigation units to plan and conduct the courses. HTSCI also engages its stakeholders regularly to ensure currency of its course curriculum. The school constantly enhances its training methodology and use of technology to support its delivery of training programmes.
All investigation-training related queries may be forwarded to SPF_HTSCI_Admin@spf.gov.sg
PCG is focused on strengthening its maritime policing capabilities and keeping abreast of new developments to enable it to meet various challenges in its diverse operating environment. The focus on training and capability building is required to safeguard the safety and security of Singapore waters.
To Prevent, Deter and Detect Crime in Singapore Territorial Waters.
PCG comprises 8 staff branches and 12 line units. The staff branches provide support to the line units in various areas like policy, budget, resources and manpower planning.
Its 12 line units include 4 regions, squadrons and essential support functions like Technical Command and Training School. The nerve centre, PCG Command Centre coordinates the daily activities on the front.
PCG has 4 bases which are strategically located around Singapore. Loyang and Lim Chu Kang Regional bases cover the northern port waters (sea off Tuas, Johor Straits and sea of Changi). Brani and Gul Regional bases cover the southern port waters including the southern islands. Brani Regional Base is also where the PCG Headquarter is based.
PCG deploys a multi-layered defence to safeguard Singapore’s porous coastline. PCG leverage on international cooperation, intelligence, surveillance, boat patrols, coastline hardening and land patrols to achieve their desired outcome of a safe and secure waters.
Police Operations Command Centre (POCC) is the nerve centre of the Singapore Police Force operations. This is where all ‘999’ calls from members of public are received and frontline police officers are despatched to attend to incidents. In addition, crime related information submitted through text-based (i.e. SMS ‘71999’ and ‘70999’) and on-line platforms (i.e. Police i-Witness and SGSecure mobile application) are received and attended to at POCC.
When an incident is reported, POCC proactively seeks out more information from various sources such as calls from members of public, Police cameras and social media platforms to make sense of the situation. These information will be provided swiftly to the frontline responders to aid in incident management. POCC coordinates island-wide responses to all incidents across Singapore, including activating additional/specialised forces to support the frontline officers in managing incidents.
Protective Security Command (ProCom) was established to further enhance SPF’s protective security capability and improve the operational readiness of National Service and NS officers’ experience.
To protect strategic events and locations during Peacetime and National Emergency.
ProCom has 4 core functions:
- Strategic Location Patrol (SLP) – To conduct high visibility police patrol at security-sensitive locations around Singapore;
- Event Security (ES) – To protect and secure security event(s);
- Protection of Infrastructure (POI) – To protect and secure assigned Critical Infrastructure (CIs) during peacetime and heightened threat condition and national emergency; and
- In-Situ Reaction Team (IRT) – To deter, detect and respond to any Public Security threats at pre-identified high risk iconic areas with large human congregations.
The Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) was officially commissioned to better meet the security demands of the expanding public land transport system. TransCom is a Singapore Police Force (SPF) specialist unit established to oversee and manage all policing efforts throughout the entire public land transport network in Singapore, which comprises rail (both MRT and LRT) and bus networks.
To protect Singapore’s public land transport system against Crime.
The basic unit of TransCom’s frontline patrol resources is the Foot Patrol Group (FPG). One of the main tasks performed by the FPGs is the conduct of high visibility foot patrols within the MRT system (i.e. MRT stations and trains) to detect and deter crime, including terrorism. FPGs are usually the first resources that would be despatched to incidents reported in the public transport system.
An abortive assassination on Sir Franklin Gimson, then Governor of the Straits Settlement of Singapore, marked the birth of the VIP squad. The squad was subsequently renamed as Security Branch, with about 30 detective sergeants dedicated to protect the Chief Minister and the Legislative Assemblymen.
Following Singapore’s declaration of independence in 1965, the size of Security Branch was doubled to ensure the personal security of the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers. Eventually, Security Branch was renamed as Police Security Command (SecCom) and it is now situated at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh.
To ensure the safety and security of its protectees.
Police Security Command is responsible for the personal safety and security of all Cabinet Ministers and visiting foreign dignitaries.
The Special Operations Command (SOC) is the strategic force of the Singapore Police Force (SPF). Today, SOC consists of three main units: the Police Tactical Unit (PTU), the Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) Unit and the Police K-9 Unit. SOC also oversees three auxiliary units: the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU), the Special Women Task Team (SWTT), and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNPKF).
To provide the highest level of tactical options to prevent, deter and detect crime.
The PTU is responsible for a broad range of public order tasking, from dealing with civil disturbances to quelling violent riots. The unit also performs security related duties including searches for armed criminals, illegal immigrants, and responds to terrorist incidents in the form of Armed Strike Teams.
The STAR Unit provides the SPF with the highest level of tactical armed-response capability. It is an elite, well trained and equipped unit to apprehend armed criminals and conduct hostage rescue operations on land and at sea. It has formidable firepower, all-terrain mobility and is capable of helicopter-borne insertion. Besides dealing with highly dangerous criminals, STAR is also involved in risky protective security operations and prisoner escorts.
Police K-9 Unit
The Police K-9 Unit has dogs trained specifically for explosive detection, drug detection, guard duties and anti-crime operations. Its dogs are also trained to support the PTU in public order operations. The unit also supports the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Central Narcotics Bureau, Customs and Singapore Prison Service in their operations at checkpoints, ferry terminals, airport and penal institutions.
The CNU comprises police officers and psychologists, who are all secondary appointment holders in the SPF performing their duties as negotiators over and above their primary duties. There will always be a CNU team on stand-by around the clock to attend to any crises that may require their specialised negotiation skills. Their mission is to achieve peaceful resolutions through negotiation.
The SWTT is a unit made up of women from various land divisions and specialist departments who hold their secondary appointments concurrently with their main duties in the SPF. This is a special unit of woman officers trained in specialised public order skills whom the SPF can deploy whenever the situation requires. One of their roles is to safely extract women, children and the elderly who are assessed to be in a vulnerable situation in large scale events, should the crowd turn violent.
The UNPKF was set up under the SOC to provide SPF with the capability to deploy specially trained officers to perform policing duties in overseas peacekeeping missions. Officers holding these secondary appointments have been deployed for several missions, including to Iraq, Aceh, East-Timor & Cambodia.
As Singapore’s road infrastructure continues to develop and evolve, the role of Traffic Police has progressed from manually controlling traffic at road intersections before the introduction of automated traffic lights, to now safe-guarding the safety of all road users with the aid of modern technology.
Since the early 20th century, white has become the colour of Traffic Police. The highly visible colour was chosen for its uniform to distinguish Police Officers engaging in road traffic control.
To enhance the safety of road users through education, engagement, and enforcement.
Traffic Police’s main roles are:
- To enforce road traffic rules to maintain law and order on the roads
- To investigate into all injury and fatal road traffic accidents as well as serious traffic violations
- To formulate traffic policies
- To set training standards of the driving schools, and administer the theory and practical driving tests before issuing driving licences to the public
- To regularly educate and engage the community to raise the road safety awareness through road safety campaigns, events, and dialogues
10, Ubi Avenue 3
Tel : 6547 0000
Email (General Feedback): SPF_TP_Feedback@spf.gov.sg
*Provide information as a witness to a road traffic accident. Operating hours are:
Weekdays: 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturdays: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed
Currently located in the Home Team Academy (HTA), the Police Training Command (TRACOM) is the primary training institute of the Singapore Police Force (SPF), as all police officers pass through its training doors before assuming their duties in the respective units.
TRACOM undertakes the training of recruits as well as serving officers. TRACOM conducts foundation courses, milestone commanders’ courses, as well as generic vocational courses. In addition, TRACOM also conducts skills maintenance and refresher courses for serving officers, develops and curate training contents for workplace training. Fresh police recruits undergo residential training aimed at equipping them with core operational skills, individual soft skills as well as team skills to prepare them for frontline duties. Core values and discipline are inculcated so that they will truly serve the community and country, by upholding the high moral standards necessary for SPF to continue discharging its duties.
Training at TRACOM is not limited to the classroom. Field training, which includes physical fitness training, scenario-based training and experimental learning, is an important component of many training programmes. In sum, TRACOM is committed to enhancing the capability of SPF officers to discharge their responsibilities effectively and efficiently, making Singapore a safe and secure home for all.
TRACOM’s mission is to “turn recruits into Police officers and Leaders”. It also provides training to serving Police Officers both in and out of the academy to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed for them to perform their jobs well.
TRACOM comprises the following schools and units:
- Basic Training School: basic police training for National Service and Regular police officers
- Advance Training School: vocational training for police officers posted to the frontline
- Leadership & Executive Training School: leadership training for police officers
- Frontline Policing Training School: maintenance and tactical training for frontline officers
- Curriculum Assessment Branch: curriculum reviews and assessment
These units are supported by the Manpower, and Corporate Services Branch. In addition, the Police Band and the National Police Cadet Corps also come under the purview of TRACOM.
Singapore Police Force Band
The Singapore Police Force Band (SPF Band) boasts a rich heritage and is currently the oldest band in Singapore. To date, the Band has won international recognition and awards, and boasts a wide repertoire of music ranging from light classics, popular favourites, big band and the ethnic music of Southeast Asia to the more serious classical transcriptions.
Besides encompassing a host of ensembles such as the Military Band, Concert Band, Police Quintet, SPF Combo Band, SPF Duo, SPF Big Band, the Fusion Quintet and the Brass Quintet, the band also has the distinction of being the only service band in Singapore that is complemented by bagpipes and drums, known as the Women Police Pipes & Drums (WPPD). The Gurkha Contingent Pipes & Drums (GCPD) make a considerable contribution to unit esprit de corps and are viewed as an embodiment of it by a wide cross section of the public and SPF. The GCPD regularly combines with the SPF Band and Women Police Pipes & Drums to form the SPF Combined Band, and performs at selected high-profile events.
Ang Mo Kio Division
Ang Mo Kio Division serves a residential population of over 1.1 million residents. Its area of coverage includes mature housing estates such as Ang Mo Kio, Hougang and Serangoon. It also oversees young but rapidly-developing residential estates like Sengkang and Punggol.
The mission of Ang Mo Kio Division is to prevent, detect and deter crime.
Ang Mo Kio Division commands a total of six Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) and six Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs). Since the inception of the NPC system, there has been close rapport and collaboration between the police and the community. This partnership has enabled more public-assisted arrests and brought crime rates down.
Community policing is also fundamental to securing the neighbourhoods against security threats. Ang Mo Kio Division constantly educates and raises the public's awareness of the security threats and how the community can work with the police to combat terrorism together.
Ang Mo Kio Division Headquarters
51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9
Tel : 1800 – 218 0000
Bedok Division covers approximately 114 square kilometres of the eastern sector of Singapore.
G Division serves about 800 thousand residents in private and public housing estates within its boundaries. In addition, scattered throughout the division's jurisdiction are several industrial estates, as well as other commercial, sporting and recreational facilities, which include the Singapore Sports Hub, East Coast Park, Our Tampines Hub and Downtown East.
To prevent, deter and detect Crime.
Bedok Division comprises of 7 Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPC) and 16 Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPP). The 7 NPCs are Bedok North, Bedok South, Changi, Geylang, Marine Parade, Pasir Ris and Tampines.
Its core functions are the provision of frontline ground responses to reported incidents, follow-up investigations, public education and engagement, and counter services at their NPCs and NPPs.
Bedok Division Headquarters
30 Bedok North Road
Tel : 1800 - 244 0000
Amongst the 6 Land Divisions covering all of Singapore’s primary land mass, Central Division has the smallest operational area, covering just over 27 square kilometres and has a residential population of around 280,000.
To prevent, deter and detect Crime.
Central Division’s roles and functions are driven by Singapore Police Force’s Vision - A Force for the Nation - To Make Singapore the Safest Place in the World and Mission - To prevent, deter and detect crime. The unique operational terrain of the Division entrusts it with the responsibility of safe-guarding investors’ confidence by ensuring the safety and security of vital commercial infrastructure, ensuring the safe conduct of business activities.
Central Division’s Headquarter (HQ) is located at Police Cantonment Complex, and is co-located with Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPC), one of the three NPCs under Central Division. The other two NPCs are - Marina Bay NPC, located at the heart of the Central Business District (CBD), and Rochor NPC, located within the cultural enclave of Little India. Central Division’s operational terrain presents both public order and public security challenges. The Division covers areas ranging from residential estates such as Tanjong Pagar, Tiong Bahru, Jalan Besar and Serangoon Road; to the heart of Singapore’s economy, the CBD; and to unique ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown, Little India, Little Thailand and Little Myanmar.
Central Division also hosts unique operational capabilities; such as the Police Custodial Branch (PCB) and the Warrant Enforcement Unit (WEU). The PCB oversees the Regional Lock-Up, the largest Police lock-up facility in Singapore; which houses accused persons from 15 Law Enforcements Agencies such as Central Division, Clementi Division, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), Singapore Customs etc. The PCB also maintains law and order at the State Courts of Singapore, Family Justice Court and the Supreme Court. The Warrant Enforcement Unit (WEU) enforces and manages Warrants of Arrest (WAs) issued by the Courts, and works closely with 21 law enforcement agencies to enforce and track WAs.
Central Division Headquarters
391 New Bridge Road #03-112 Police Cantonment Complex Block A
Tel : 1800-2240000
Clementi Division covers about 96 square kilometres in the South-Western part of Singapore. Clementi Division covers Jurong Island, home to petroleum companies and Sentosa Island, which receives more than 50,000 visitors daily. It also covers 4 terminals; Singapore Cruise Centre, Jurong Fishery Port, West Coast Pier and PSA Pasir Panjang.
To prevent, deter and detect Crime.
Clementi Division serves the community through a network of 4 Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) and 9 Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs). The NPCs are Clementi, Queenstown, Bukit Merah West and Jurong East. The estates covered are Jurong East, Clementi, Queenstown and parts of Bukit Merah and Bukit Timah.
CONTACT DETAILSClementi Division Headquarters
20 Clementi Avenue 5
Tel : 1800 – 774 0000
Jurong Division serves a residential population of over seven hundred and thirty thousand residents which covers a stretch of land from Boon Lay and Tuas in the west to areas like Bukit Batok, Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Panjang in the northwest. Besides residential estates, it also covers major industrial areas and has a long coastal area lined with over 100 sea-fronting companies.
To prevent, deter and detect crime.
Jurong Division serves the community through a network of 5 Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs), 6 Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs) and 1 redesigned NPP. The 5 NPCs are Nanyang NPC, Jurong West NPC, Bukit Batok NPC, Bukit Panjang NPC and Choa Chu Kang NPC. These NPCs are at the forefront of the Division’s community policing efforts, forging close rapport and collaboration between the police and the community to proactively address crimes, safety and security concerns in the community. Jurong Division works in partnership with a total of 144 grassroots organisation to ensure the safety of our neighbourhoods.
Jurong Division Headquarters
No 2, Jurong West Ave 5
Tel : 6791 0000
Tanglin Division oversees the safety and security of the central region in Singapore. The division’s policing jurisdiction covers several areas which include residential estates, schools, hospitals, hotels, embassies, as well as iconic buildings such as the Istana and the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation. The division is also responsible for upholding law and order in popular retail and entertainment districts such as Orchard Road and Clarke Quay.
To prevent, deter and detect crime within Tanglin Division’s area of jurisdiction.
Tanglin Division comprises five Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) and ten Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs). The five NPCs are Bishan NPC, Toa Payoh NPC, Kampong Java NPC, Orchard NPC and Bukit Timah NPC.
The ten NPPs are Aljunied NPP, Bishan NPP (e-Kiosk), Boon Teck NPP, Kim Keat NPP, Kim Seng NPP (currently not available due to ongoing renovation), Moulmein NPP, Potong Pasir NPP, River Valley NPP, Thomson NPP and Whampoa NPP.
Tanglin Division performs the following functions:
- Police frontline response
- Proactive patrol
- Public education
- Community engagement
- Police counter services
As part of the division’s commitment to prevent, deter and detect crime, the officers work closely with the community to enhance security and response measures against the evolving threats and terrorism.
Tanglin Division Headquarters
21 Kampong Java Road
Tel : 6391 0000
Woodlands Division was created to serve the expanding needs for policing services in the north of Singapore, due to the expanding resident population, retail spaces and transport nodes. Woodlands Division is strategically located to improve police response in the north and contributes directly to SPF’s vision of making Singapore the safest place in the world.
To prevent, deter and detect crime.
Woodlands Division serves the community through a network of 5 Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) and 4 Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs). The 5 NPCs are Sembawang NPC, Yishun North NPC, Yishun South NPC, Woodlands East NPC and Woodlands West NPC. These NPCs are at the forefront of the Division’s community policing efforts, forging close rapport and collaboration between the police and the community to proactively address crimes, safety and security concerns in the community. Woodlands Division also works in partnership with grassroots organisations, schools and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of the area.
Woodlands Division also oversees the police resources at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints, Singapore’s two land border crossings with Malaysia. As the newest division, Woodlands Division continues to strive towards innovation, in both internal as well as public facing processes.
Woodlands Division Headquarters
No. 1 Woodlands Street 12
Tel : 6466 0000