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Commissioner of Police (Singapore)

The Commissioner of Police (abbreviation: CP) is the top-ranking police officer of the Singapore Police Force. Assisted by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, he reports to the Minister for Home Affairs.

Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force
Hoong Wee Teck

since 6 January 2015
Singapore Police Force
TypeCommissioner of Police
Reports toMinister for Home Affairs
SeatNew Phoenix Park 28 Irrawaddy Road Singapore 329560
AppointerThe President
Singapore Cabinet
Constituting instrumentPolice Force Act (Cap. 235, 2006 Rev. Ed.) s. 6
First holderThomas Dunman
DeputyDeputy Commissioner of Police
Commissioner of Police Rank Epaulettes

The post was created with the passing of the Police Act in 1857, in response to calls for a full-time dedicated police officer to helm the police force in response to escalating cases of violent crime in Singapore during that period. Thomas Dunman thus became the first police commissioner, and the first full-time superintendent of police, with a salary of 800 rupees per month.

When the Straits Settlements (Singapore, Malacca, Penang) became a Crown Colony in 1867, the role of the police commissioner was expanded to include that of the entire Straits Settlements, with the title changed to that of Inspector-General of Police. This lasted until the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in 1942, before the post was restored as the Commissioner of Police in 1946 with the return of the British and the gradual instatement of local rule.

The President of Singapore, on advice from the Singapore cabinet, appoints the Commissioner of Police and can revoke his or her appointment.[1]


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  1. ^ "Police Force Act - Singapore Statutes Online". Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  • "Policing Singapore in the 19th & 20th centuries", Peer M. Akbur, Singapore Police Force, 2002 ISBN¬†981-04-7024-X