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Speaking during the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Committee of Supply debate on 3 March 2017.

  • Home Team embarks on transformative journey to cope with future challenges

  • SPF, CNB, SCDF and ICA officers to co-locate at Police Operations Command Centres

  • Amendments to Public Order Act, Introduction of new Infrastructure Protection Act

  • MHA to work with tripartite partners to develop an Industry Transformation Map for the Private Security Industry

The Home Team is undergoing a transformative process to cope with challenges of the future, said Mr Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs during the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament on 3 March 2017.

Mr Lee highlighted that the Home Team Transformation journey will include ramping up the use of technology to better combat crime, secure the country’s borders and save lives; integrating the Home Team’s operations; and strengthening the Home Team’s partnerships with the community.

“We have already begun deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to support Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) operations,” Mr Lee said.

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Referring to the SCDF’s recent deployment of UAVs during the Tuas View Circuit fire last month, Mr Lee said the Home Team is increasing its use of technology across a whole spectrum of operations.

“The UAV was used to locate hotspots in the large incident site, which were otherwise out of sight from the firefighters. This allowed the SCDF to act quickly and prevent the hotspots from re-igniting the fire,” Mr Lee added.

Training Home Team Officers to better leverage technology is another key part of the Home Team’s transformation.

“We will train our officers to use technology, and help them adapt to new ways of working”, said Mr Lee. “Officers will deepen their skills, and master new ones. We will redesign jobs, as new technologies are introduced,” he added, citing the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) automated self-clearance lanes for motorbikes as an example of how technology allowed human resources to be trained and redeployed to more critical functions such as detecting suspicious travellers and incident management on the ground.

Mr Lee also shared plans for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to further integrate Home Team operations to improve inter-department cooperation within Home Team departments.

“We are co-locating the various departments’ operating centres. By the end of this year, officers from Police, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), SCDF and ICA will sit side-by-side at the Police Operations Command Centre,” Mr Lee stated, adding that this would enable faster communication, coordination of ground responses to incidents and information sharing.

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Mr Lee also stressed that ensuring Singapore’s safety and security will continue to be a shared responsibility between the Home Team and the public.

As such, MHA will step up efforts to strengthen the existing partnerships between the Home Team and the community.

Mr Lee said the Save-A-Life initiative and the myResponder app championed by the SCDF showed how community partnerships can help to save lives.

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He urged more people join the life-saving force by learning CPR-AED through the initiative as well as download and start using the myResponder app.

Mr Lee announced plans to amend the laws to increase the roles that businesses play in Singapore’s security. The amended laws will require businesses to adopt certain measures to guard against security threats.

“We will amend the Public Order Act to require certain events to put in place security measures,” Mr Lee said.

A Bill to enact a new Infrastructure Protection Act will also be introduced.

Addressing Singapore’s Private Security Industry, Mr Lee emphasised that the quality of Singapore’s private security agencies has improved. A Progressive Wage Model has led to a rise in skills, wages and productivity levels among Singapore’s private security officers.

“To build on these developments, MHA will work with tripartite partners to develop an Industry Transformation Map for the Private Security Industry, with a strong focus on innovation and technology, as well as upgrading of jobs and skills of our officers,” Mr Lee added.

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  1. by Desmond Ang
  2. 03 March 2017
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