Singapore Police Force

Coordinates: 1°19′27.56″N 103°50′43.24″E / 1.3243222°N 103.8453444°E / 1.3243222; 103.8453444

The Singapore Police Force (Abbreviation: SPF, Chinese: 新加坡警察部队 Xīnjiāpō jǐngchá bùduì, Malay: Pasukan Polis Singapura, Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் காவல் துறை Ciṅkappūr kāval tuṟai) is the main government agency tasked with maintaining law and order in the city-state.[3] Formerly known as the Republic of Singapore Police (RSP), it has grown to a 38,587 strong force. Singapore has been ranked consistently in the top five positions in the Global Competitiveness Report in terms of its reliability of police services.[4][5][6]

Singapore Police Force Malay: Pasukan Polis Singapura Chinese: 新加坡警察部队 Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் காவல் துறை 's logo
Motto"Setia dan Bakti"[1] (Malay)
"Loyalty and Service"
Agency overview
Formed1820; 200 years ago (1820)
Jurisdictional structure
National agencySingapore
Operations jurisdictionSingapore
General nature
Regular officers9,591[2]
Civilian officers1,632
Elected officers responsible
Agency executives
Parent agencyMinistry of Home Affairs
Staff Departments
Specialist & Line units
Police boats61

The SPF is a uniformed organisation under the purview of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The mission of the SPF is to prevent, deter and detect crime to ensure the safety and security of Singapore. This is done through its focus on the five broad areas of Police work: Frontline Policing, Counter and E-services, Investigation, Community Engagement, and Public Security & Order. The vision of the SPF is: A Force for the Nation – To Make Singapore the Safest Place in the World.[7]

The organisational structure of the SPF is split between the staff and line functions, roughly modeled after the military. There are currently seventeen staff departments, three specialist staff departments, and seventeen specialist and line units, including seven land divisions. The headquarters is located in a block at New Phoenix Park in Novena, adjacent to a twin block occupied by the Ministry of Home Affairs.[8]


The Singapore Police Force is as old as modern Singapore. The Force was formed in 1820,[9] with a skeleton force of 11 men under the command of Francis James Bernard, son-in-law of William Farquhar. With no background nor knowledge on policing, Bernard had to work from scratch, as well as occasionally turning to Farquhar for help. In addition, he held multiple roles as magistrate, chief jailer, harbour master, marine storekeeper, as well as personal assistants to Farquhar. Farquhar informed Raffles that he had provisionally introduced licenses for opium and alcohol sales that would raise $650 per month, with $300 of this sum being used to run a small police department.[10]

As the department took form, Bernard became in charge of a Malay writer, one jailor, one jemadar (sergeant) and eight peada (constables) by May 1820.[9] Raffles approved these arrangements by August 1820 and cemented the formal establishment of a police force in Singapore.[11] Manpower constraints meant that the men had to perform a wide range of roles, and required the help of headmen among the various ethnic communities to maintain orderliness on the streets, all the more possible as the communities lived in segregated areas around the city.

This partnership with the community was in line with Sir Stamford Raffles' vision of a thriving colony largely self-regulated by local social structures, with the British masters administrating it via indirect rule. The large influx of migrants from China, however, began to test this system when the hands-off approach by the British allowed secret societies in Singapore to thrive. Although originally formed with legal intentions of community bonding and the provision of assistance to fellow migrants, these societies gradually became influential, competitive, and increasingly engaged in illegal activity including monetary extortion from the masses, the operation of gambling dens and the smuggling of illegal goods on top of more legal commercial operations to meet their financial needs.

Competition gradually heated up between large rival factions, such as that between the larger Ghee Hin Kongsi, the Ghee Hock Kongsi and the Hai San Kongsi. Murders, mass riots, kidnappings, arson, and other serious crimes became commonplace in the next four decades since the colony's founding. Faced with violent acts of crime which may involve thousands, such as the Chinese Funeral Procession Riots of 1846 involving 9,000 members from the Ghee Hin and Ghee Hock secret societies, the police force was woefully incapable of bringing the situation under control and often had to call in the army for assistance. The escalating number of serious crimes prompted the need for stronger legislation to deter would-be criminals. Singapore's first executions were thus held in the wake of the first criminal session on June 1828, when a Chinese and Indian were found guilty and convicted for murder.

Headed by Europeans and predominantly staffed by Malay and Indian officers, the force had little Chinese representation as to the military and policing professionals were traditionally shunned by the Chinese community, which therefore impaired policing efforts among the large Chinese populace. In 1843, the force comprised a sitting magistrate doubling up as a superintendent, three European constables and an assistant native constable, 14 officers and 110 policemen. With a total strength of no more than 150 men, the police were compelled to avoid direct intervention in these mass acts of violence, else risking almost total annihilation.

A repeat of this scenario occurred in 1851 when lingering displeasure against Roman Catholic ethnic Chinese erupted into major rioting leaving over 500 Chinese dead. The army was called in again, although it involved having to induct Indian convicts into military service almost overnight. In 1854, twelve consecutive days of violence sparked by a dispute between the Hokkiens and Teochews disrupted trade. This particular incident led to the formation of the military's Singapore Rifle Corps on 8 July 1854, the earliest predecessor of the Singapore Armed Forces' People's Defence Force today.

However, criminal violence was not merely in the domain of the ethnic Chinese. Rivalries between Malay princes and communities also often result in acts of violence, which prompted the passing of Singapore's first arms law in March 1823 restricting the right to bear arms to 24 of the Malay Sultan's followers. Nearly two centuries later, these anti-arms laws continue to be strictly enforced, resulting in a society relatively free from firearms-related criminal offences.[12]

Jurong Police Division Headquarters at Jurong West Avenue 5, note the Singapore Police Force crest prominently displayed.

The murder rate in Singapore is reportedly low.[13]

Organisational structureEdit


Rank and appointment Abbreviation Office holder
Commissioner of Police CP Hoong Wee Teck[14]
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Policy) DC(P) Jerry See Buck Thye
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence) DC(I&I) Florence Chua
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) DC(Ops) Tan Hung Hooi

Staff departmentsEdit

Department Abbreviation Area of responsibility Ref
Administration & Finance Department A&F Administrative, finance and procurement services [15]
Centre for Protective Security CPS Training and maintenance of protective security standards [16]
Community Partnership Department CPD Community engagement and crime prevention [17]
Inspectorate and Compliance Office InCo Internal audit and risk management [18]
Internal Affairs Office IAO Handling of internal investigations [19]
International Cooperation Department ICD Maintenance of relations with foreign law enforcement agencies as well as handling transnational and international police operations [20]
Manpower Department MPD Human resource management and recruitment programmes [21]
Operations Department OPS Responsible for operational matters including the development of doctrines and standard operating procedures; oversees the Police Operations Command Centre [22]
Planning and Organisation Department P&O Strategic planning and organisational development [23]
Police Licensing and Regulatory Department PLRD Processing and enforcement of various police licenses [24]
Police Logistics Department PLD Procurement, distribution and maintenance of equipment [25]
Police National Service Department PNSD Human resource management of Police National Servicemen [26]
Public Affairs Department PAD Public relations and media relations [27]
Service Delivery Department SDD Handling of public feedback and service quality affairs [28]
Training & Capability Development Department TCDD Development of training policy, methodologies and training safety [29]
Volunteer Special Constabulary VSC Human resource management of volunteer police officers [30]

Specialist staff departmentsEdit

Department Abbreviation Area of responsibility Ref
Commercial Affairs Department CAD Detection and investigation of financial crime [31]
Criminal Investigation Department CID Primary detective agency and investigative body [32]
Ops-Tech Department OTD Development of Science & Technology [33]
Police Intelligence Department PID Gathering and processing of police intelligence [34]

Specialist and land unitsEdit

Units Abbreviation Area of responsibility Ref
Ang Mo Kio Police Division 'F' Division Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon, Hougang, Sengkang, Punggol, Seletar
Bedok Police Division 'G' Division Changi, Pasir Ris, Tampines, Bedok, Paya Lebar, Marine Parade, Marina East, Geylang
Central Police Division 'A' Division Downtown Core, Museum, Marina South, Straits View, Rochor, Kallang
Clementi Police Division 'D' Division Clementi, Queenstown, Jurong East
Jurong Police Division 'J' Division Jurong West, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok, Boon Lay, Pioneer, Tuas
Tanglin Police Division 'E' Division Bukit Merah, Bukit Timah, River Valley, Tanglin, Orchard, Novena, Toa Payoh, Bishan
Woodlands Police Division 'L' Division Yishun, Sembawang, Woodlands, Mandai
Airport Police Division APD Changi Airport, Seletar Airport, Changi Airfreight Centre, Airport Logistics Park
Gurkha Contingent GC
Home Team School of Criminal Investigation HTSCI
Police Coast Guard PCG
Police Operations Command Centre POCC
Public Transport Security Command TransCom
Protective Security Command ProCom
Security Command SecCom
Special Operations Command SOC
Traffic Police TP
Training Command TRACOM

Land divisions are given designations according to the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Defunct land divisions include:


The Singapore Police Force receives the highest budget allocation annually as compared to the various departments of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), typically accounting for about 50% of its annual budget. For the fiscal year of 2013 (for the year beginning 1 April 2013), S$3.89 billion was budgeted to the MHA, of which 47.8% or S$1.86 billion was allocated for the Police Programme. Actual expenses in the 2013 fiscal year were S$2.04 billion, of which S$1.88 billion was spent on operating expenditure (against the budgeted S$1.79 billion) and S$159.1 million on development expenditure (budgeted at $71.83 million).[35] Manpower costs amounting to S$1.16 billion continue to dominate the SPF's expenditure, accounting for 61.7% of its operating expenditure and 56.9% of total expenditure in FY2013.[35]

Fiscal Year Operating Expenditure Development Expenditure Total Expenditure Refs
2010 S$951.66 S$653.08 S$1,604.74 S$1,497.70 S$76.01 S$87.53 S$1,680.75 S$1,585.24 [citation needed]
2011 S$930.31 S$658.73 S$1,589.04 S$1,546.79 S$54.69 S$70.81 S$1,643.74 S$1,617.60 [citation needed]
2012 S$1,065.05 S$695.73 S$1,760.79 S$1,606.93 S$72.08 S$93.46 S$1,832.86 S$1,700.39 [citation needed]
2013 S$1,161.41 S$721.74 S$1,883.15 S$1,787.64 S$159.10 S$71.83 S$2,042.25 S$1,859.47 [citation needed]
2014 S$1,369.52 (est) S$804.20 (est) S$2,172.72 (est) S$1,932.98 S$269.41 (est) S$205.49 S$2,442.13 (est) S$2,138.47 [citation needed]
2015 S$2,262.48 S$10.93 S$2,473.40 [citation needed]

The latest budget for fiscal year 2015, S$2.47 billion was allocated to the Police Programme,[35] or 49.5% of MHA's total budget of S$5 billion (the Ministry of Defence, in comparison, received a S$13.12 billion budget allocation).[36] This includes S$2.26 billion for Operating Expenditure and $210.93 million for Development Expenditure. The main Development Expenditures expected in FY2015 included the construction of new buildings such as the Woodlands Police Divisional HQ as well as the acquisition of new patrol craft for the Police Coast Guard and the installation of police cameras at more HDB blocks and multi-storey car parks.[37]


As of 31 March 2018, the total strength of the force stands at 44,484, of which 15,989 are full-time staff.[2] Manpower trends in recent years are as follows:

Year ended Regulars Civilians PNSF PNSmen VSC Total Refs
31 March 2007 7,826 1,206 3,464 20,852 1,049 34,397 [citation needed]
31 March 2012 8,469 1,262 4,722 unknown 1,146 unknown [citation needed]
31 March 2013 8,617 1,423 4,853 24,248 1,212 40,353 [citation needed]
31 March 2014 8,783 1,544 4,704 25,492 1,076 41,599 [citation needed]
31 March 2017 9,617 1,593 5,043 27,839 1,084 45,176 [citation needed]
31 March 2018 9,591 1,632 4,766 27,245 1,250 44,484 [citation needed]


Regulars, or uniformed, full-time officers, constitute about 20% of the police's total workforce and number approximately 9,000 in strength. Basic entry requirements for police officers include normal fitness levels, good eyesight, and at least five passes in the GCE Ordinary level or a NITEC from the Institute of Technical Education, although those with lower qualifications may still be considered.[38] Those joining the senior police officers require a basic degree from a recognised university.[39] Alternatively, police officers from the junior ranks may also be considered for promotion into the senior ranks.[40] Officers serving in the force as national servicemen are also regularly considered for absorption into the regular scheme. Basic training for all officers are conducted at the Home Team Academy, under the purview of the Police Training Command. It takes about six months[41] and nine months[42] to train a new police officer and senior police officer respectively.

As is the case with many other civil service positions in Singapore, the salaries of police officers are reviewed in accordance to market rates. Salaries are kept competitive as part of anti-corruption measures. Gross starting salaries for police officers may range from S$1,820 to S$2,480,[43] and that of senior police officers from S$3,400 to S$4,770,[44] depending on entry qualifications, relevant/useful work experiences and National Service.

Police officers commence their careers as Sergeants (Full GCE 'A' level or Diploma holders),[43] while senior police officers start as Inspectors (Bachelor's degree). Reviews of an officer's performance for promotion consideration are conducted annually.

Police National Servicemen (PNS)Edit

When full-time National Service (NS) was first introduced in Singapore in 1967, it was initially solely aimed and geared towards the building-up of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Meanwhile, in Singapore Police Force, NS was not extended to that of compulsory full-time service, with police NS being only part-time, unlike that of the SAF. There was little urgency and pressure for the police force to increase its overall manpower-strength until the Laju incident of 1974, Singapore's first encounter with international terrorism, demonstrated the need for additionally trained reserve-officers who could be called up at short-notice in the event of a national crisis or a major and serious public emergency. Singapore's full-time National Service policy was thus extended to the Singapore Police Force in 1975, which stemmed from the then-primary aim of guarding and protecting key and vital public installations, such as sensitive ones like power substations and petrochemical industries, and to act as a swift-response reserve unit. Subsequent expansion of this NS scheme, along with changing security needs and requirements and the trend in outsourcing key-installation protection (such as to the various local auxiliary police forces) has expanded the role of police national servicemen to more varied functions, which may range from mainstream administration and operations (such as the role of Staff Assistants (SAs) based in offices), to basic police investigation (like the Ground Response Force (GRF) of the SPF's Land Divisions) and front line policing (as seen in the Police Coast Guard), alongside their regular counterparts.


Formed in 1946, The Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) is an important component of the Singapore Police Force, contributing more than fifty years of volunteer service to the nation.[45]

The VSC is composed of volunteers from all walks of life in Singapore, from businessmen to blue-collar executives to even bus captains, bonded with the same aspiration to serve the nation by complementing the Singapore Police Force. They are vested with equal powers of a police officer to enforce law and order in Singapore. VSC Officers don the same police uniform and patrol the streets, participate in anti-drug operations and sometimes even high-speed sea chases.

Previously headquartered at the Eu Tong Sen Street Police Station and Toa Payoh Police Station, it relocated to the new Police Cantonment Complex in the year 2000.

Civilian staffEdit

Civilian staff in the Police Force are deployed in areas such as technology, logistics, human resource, and administrative and financial services as well as investigation, planning and intelligence.[46] The civilian staff schemes fall under the general civil service schemes managed by the Public Service Division. These schemes include:

  • Commercial Affairs Officer (CAO) Scheme for Accountancy, Law, Business Administration, Business or Economics degree holders
    • Commercial Affairs Officer
  • Home Team Specialist (HTS) Scheme for degree and diploma holders
    • Home Team Specialist
  • Home Affairs Senior Executive (HASE) Scheme for degree holders
    • Management Executive (MX)
  • Management Support Scheme for diploma holders and below
    • Management Support Officer (MSO)
    • Corporate Support Officer (CSO)
  • Technical Support Scheme for diploma holders and below
    • Technical Support Officer (TSO)

The civilization of non-core police functions has accelerated over the years in order to free up additional manpower for redeployment into Police Divisions. Other changes include the deployment of contract staff through organisations such as Ministry of Finance's for administrative staff and partners such as Singapore Technologies and Cyber Security Agency for technical support.

Staff welfareEdit

  • Aquatic Club
  • Home United Basketball Club (HUBC)
  • Home United Football Club (HUFC)
  • JOM - Clubhouse for Police Officers
  • Polwel Co-operative Society Limited
  • Police Sports Association (PSA)
  • Police Welfare Division
  • Senior Police Officers' Mess (SPOM)
  • Singapore Police Co-operative Society Limited


Dark blue is the organisational colour of the Singapore Police Force, and has remained so continuously since 1969. Derivatives of the standard blue uniform (collectively called the No. 3 uniform) was adopted for specialized forces and for all officers in various occasions which calls for more formal or casual attire.

The Traffic Police Department adopted a short-sleeved white tunic, dark blue breeches, a black leather Sam Browne belt, and riding boots for its officers performing mobile squad duties. A white crash helmet is worn when on the move, while a new dark blue jockey cap with chequered white and dark blue patterns around its circumference is worn when convenient while performing static duty. Members of the Vigilante Corps are also attired by a white short-sleeved top similar in design to the dark blue version for normal officers, gold-coloured buttons and badges, and a dark blue beret in place of the peak cap.

Combat uniforms have also been adopted for specialist units such as those from the Special Operations Command and the Police Coast Guard (PCG), collectively known as the No. 4 uniforms. These involve the replacement of metal buttons with sewn-on plastic ones, the avoidance of all other metallic accruements which are deemed potentially hazardous to the officer or to others and the use of long-sleeved shirts.

On 16 April 2018, the SPF introduced new uniforms made of 98% polyester and 2% spandex with better stretchable, perspiration absorption, and faster drying characteristics, as "part of ongoing efforts to improve officers' operational effectiveness and support them in their work". The word "police" is embroidered above the name tag of the new uniforms and the metallic buttons replaced with concealed plastic buttons for better comfort to allow officers put on the body vests over their uniforms. Riveted buttons are also fixed on the shoulders to allow the attachment of a body worn camera.[47]


The following rank structure is used throughout the police force:[48]

Ranks of the Singapore Police Force
Rank Commissioner of Police (CP) Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SAC) Assistant Commissioner of Police (AC) Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Superintendent of Police (SUPT) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
Rank Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Inspector (INSP) Station Inspector (SI) Senior Staff Sergeant (SSS) Sergeant (SGT) Corporal (CPL) Constable (PC/SC)

The rank of corporal (CPL) was abolished in 1972, but reinstated in 1976. In 1997, the location of all rank devices was shifted from the sleeves to the shoulder epaulets except for the Gurkha Contingent. Also in the same year, the station inspector rank insignia was changed from collar pips to a coat of arms of Singapore with upward-pointing chevrons above and an arc below, a design similar to that of the warrant officers of the Singapore Armed Forces, while the rank of senior station inspector (SSI) was also introduced. In 1998, the senior station inspector (2) (SSI(2)) rank was introduced, and changes were made to the SI, SSI, and SSI(2) rank designs. The rank of lance corporal was abolished in 2002. In 2006, the Gurkha Contingent adopted embroidered ranks as part of an overhaul of its combat dress, but are worn on the right chest pocket.

In July 2016, a major rank overhaul was undertaken with the removal of the ranks of corporal, staff sergeant, senior station inspector and senior station inspector (2), as well as the removal of the distinction between police officers and senior police officers, to create a unified rank-scheme.[49] In addition, the sergeant rank has three different grades noted by a number from 1 to 3 placed in parentheses and suffixed to the rank abbreviation; namely, SGT(1), SGT(2), and SGT(3).[citation needed]



Police officers in the various divisions are armed when conducting regular uniformed patrols and plainclothes duties. Officers from different units are issued with different weapons.

The five-shot .38 Taurus Model 85 with 3-inch barrel featuring a laser sight by Crimson Trace is the standard issued sidearm of the Singapore Police Force with 10 rounds of ammunition. In 2015, the SPF purchased a number of CZ P-07 semi-automatic pistols. From 2016, selected officers were issued with the pistols as a trial. In 2019, it was announced that the Glock 19 was chosen as a replacement to the Taurus revolver. In addition to the use of the handguns, the police also use the Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun and the Remington 870 shotgun.

Extendable batons were initially used by specialist units such as Security Command and Special Operations Command, however, it has since been used by officers from other front-line units, replacing the Monadnock PR-21 side-handle baton. Sabre Red pepper spray canisters are exclusively equipped to the officers of Police Coast Guard and Police Tactical Unit. A pair of handcuffs is issued to the officers as restraints.

The Taser X26E stun gun was procured in late 2000s and is part of the officers' equipment, which provides another non-lethal means of subduing suspects. Despite safety concerns due to incidents experienced by foreign police forces, the weapon was deemed suitable for use by trained personnel, and was rolled out across other NPCs. In 2018, the Taser X26E was replaced with the X26P model.

Model Image Variants Calibre Origin Notes References
CZ 75   CZ P-07 9x19mm Parabellum   Czechoslovakia On limited trial.
Glock   Glock 19 9x19mm Parabellum   Austria Used by officers tasked in UN peacekeeping and Police Coast Guard roles, also by Singapore Prison Service. Will replace the Taurus revolver used by other frontline units.
Heckler & Koch USP   H&K USP Compact 9x19mm Parabellum   Germany Used by Police Special Operations Command and Central Narcotics Bureau Special Task Force.
Sphinx 3000   Sphinx 3000 9×19mm Parabellum    Switzerland Used by units of the Police Special Operations Command
Taurus Model 85   Model 85 .38 Special   Brazil Will be phased out.
Remington 870 870 MCS
870 Police Magnum
12 gauge   USA Used by Gurkha Contingent and Police Special Operations Command,
Benelli M3   12 gauge   Italy Used by Police Coast Guard Special Task Squadron.
Submachine Guns
Heckler & Koch MP5   MP5A3
9x19mm Parabellum   Germany Standard sub-machine gun used by Protective Security Command, Gurkha Contingent and all units of the Police Special Operations Command.
Assault Rifles
5.56×45mm NATO   Belgium Standard assault rifle used by Gurkha Contingent and units of the Police Special Operations Command, such as STAR unit and PTU.
Colt M4 Advanced Piston Carbine   Colt LE6940P 5.56×45mm NATO   USA Used by Police Coast Guard Special Task Squadron and Emergency Response Team.
M16   M16A1
5.56×45mm NATO   USA Used by Gurkha Contingent and Emergency Response Teams. Also used as a ceremonial rifle.
M16S1   M16S1 5.56×45mm NATO   USA/  Singapore Used by Gurkha Contingent and Emergency Response Teams. Also used as a ceremonial rifle with a bayonet attached.
Machine Guns
FN MAG   STK MAG 60.20 7.62×51mm NATO   Belgium Used by the Gurkha Contingent and Police Coast Guard. Mounted on PCG boats.
FN Minimi Minimi Para 5.56×45mm NATO   Belgium Used by Gurkha Contingent.
STK 50MG   STK 50MG .50 BMG   Singapore Used by PCG. Mounted on STK ADDER RCWS onboard Patrol Interdiction Boats and other PCG boats.
M2 Browning   FN M2HB-QCB .50 BMG   USA Used by PCG. Mounted on STK ADDER RCWS onboard Patrol Interdiction Boats.
Sniper Rifles
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare   Arctic Warfare Police 7.62×51mm NATO   UK Used by STAR and Gurkha Contingent snipers.
Grenade Launchers
Heckler & Koch HK69A1   HK69A1 40 mm grenade   Germany Used by Police Tactical Unit of the Police Special Operations Command.
M242 Bushmaster   Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm caliber   USA Used by the Police Coast Guard. Mounted on the Typhoon Weapon Station onboard PCG boats.
20mm Oerlikon   20mm caliber    Switzerland Used by the Police Coast Guard. Mounted onboard PCG boats.
TASER X26   X26P Electrodes   USA Use by all units of the police.
FN 303   Belgium Used by SPEAR teams of the Singapore Prison Service
FN 303-P   Belgium Used by SPEAR teams of the Singapore Prison Service
Pepperball VKS   USA Used by Police Tactical Unit of the Police Special Operations Command
Pepperball TAC700   USA Used by SPEAR teams of the Singapore Prison Service
ARWEN-37   UK Used by Police Tactical Unit of the Police Special Operations Command.

Retired WeaponsEdit

  • Sterling Mk IV SMG
  • Sten Mk IV SMG
  • Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk II bolt-action rifle
  • FN FAL / L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle
  • Webley Mk IV .38 revolver
  • Uzi SMG
  • Mini Uzi carbine
  • Federal Riot Gun


Toyota Corolla Altis wearing the new Singapore Police Force livery

Land division officers typically patrol and respond to calls in vehicles known as the Fast Response Car (FRC).[50] Car models that have been used by the SPF include the Subaru Impreza TS 1.6.[51]

In 2005, the SPF introduced the new Fast Response Vehicle (FRV),[52] consisting of modified Toyota Hi-Lux sport utility vehicles with a back compartment to carry equipment.[51]

In 2009, the SPF introduced Forward Command Vehicles.[53] These were replaced in 2017 by Division Command Vehicles with greater mobility designed to enhance command, control and coordination.[54] In addition, the SPF introduced new unmanned aerial vehicles with red and blue siren lights, a searchlight, a high-definition camera and an audio warning system. The UAVs are controlled by two-man teams (consisting of a pilot and a safety officer) and are designed to conduct search and rescue operations, attending public order incidents, traffic management, hostage situations and crowd monitoring.[54]

Police from the Community Policing Units may also patrol in residential neighbourhoods on bicycles.[55] At the 2007 Singapore National Day Parade, the Singapore Police Force unveiled a Tenix S600 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) had been purchased for its operations for the Special Operations Command,[citation needed] and in NDP 2015, the Achleitner HMV Survivor and the Gurkha MPV by Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc was unveiled.[citation needed]

The various specialist units may also make use of other specialised equipment specific to their scope of duty

Other vehicles used by the various units include:

Land DivisionsEdit
  • Toyota Corolla Altis
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Hyundai Avante
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Chevrolet Captiva
  • Ford Everest
  • Hyundai Sante Fe
  • Hyundai H1 Starex
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Mercedes-Benz Vito
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Nissan Navara - Van
  • Nissan Urvan - Van
  • Toyota Hilux - Pickup truck
  • Isuzu D-Max - Pickup truck
  • Mitsubishi L200 - Pickup truck
  • Volvo V70XC - SUV
Police Security CommandEdit
  • Volvo XC60 - SUV
  • Volvo S90 - Sedan
  • Volvo S80 - Sedan
  • Mitsubishi Pajero - SUV
Traffic PoliceEdit
  • Yamaha Diversion XJ900P - Motorbike
  • Volvo S80 - Sedan
  • Subaru Impreza - Sedan
  • BMW 335d - Sedan
  • Iveco Daily - Van
Special Operations CommandEdit
Gurkha ContingentEdit
Criminal Investigation DepartmentEdit
  • Mercedes Benz Vito - Van
Prison ServiceEdit
  • Nissan Diesel - Bus
  • Isuzu S7 - Bus
  • Toyota Coaster - Bus
  • Fiat Ducato - Van
  • Iveco Daily - Van
  • Toyota Hiace- Van
  • Toyota Hilux - Pickup truck

Defunct assetsEdit

Defunct divisions and establishmentsEdit

Land DivisionsEdit

Police Coast GuardEdit

Popular media works related to SPFEdit




Television programs

  • Documentary
  • Drama Series
    • Seletar Robbery (实里达大劫案), 1982
    • CID '83, 1983
    • First Step (踏上征途), 1986: On women in the police force
    • Patrol (铁警雄风), 1989: A take on the lives of the men in the Traffic Police Department
    • Private Eyes (妙探智多星), 1991
    • Ladies in action (霹雳红唇), 1992
    • Crime and Passion (執法先鋒), 1992
    • Lethal Duo (天使追辑令), 1994
    • Dr Justice (法医故事), 1994
    • Neighbourhood Heroies (大英雄小人物), 1995
    • Triple Nine, 1995-1998: On the adventures of a CID team.
    • Secret Files (机密档案), 1995
    • The Shadow Mission (地下猎人), 1995
    • The Dragons Five (飞龙五将), 1995
    • Dr Justice II (法医故事II), 1996
    • City Cops (警网双雄), 1996
    • Of Cops And Men (城市双雄), 1996
    • Pursuit of Justice (石破天惊), 1997
    • Act 235 (刑事235), 1998
    • Dare To Strike (扫冰者), 14 November 2000: the phrase "Dare to Strike" is the motto of the Central Narcotics Bureau
    • The Reunion (顶天立地), 26 December 2001
    • Heartlanders, 2002-2005: On two Neighbourhood Police Centre officers
    • True Heroes (真心英雄), 5 May 2003: On a rookie Neighbourhood Police Centre officer
    • The Frontline (家在前线), 2003: This fictional six-part TV show depicts how Singaporeans cope after the German mastermind of a neo-anarchist organisation sets off a bomb at a naval base as an anti-imperialistic statement against Singapore's ties with the United States. It showcases the capabilities of the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Armed Forces to deal with terrorism. Many technologies introduced in this series has never been before shown to the public. It is also the only local television series to date to accurately depict the Police's elite Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) team and the Army's Special Operations Forces (SOF) although the latter unit was never addressed by name in the show. They were instead referred to as "The Commandos".
    • When the Time Comes (一线之间), 2004
    • The Crime Hunters (心网追凶), 2004
    • Police & Thief, 2004–2010
    • Life Line, 2005–2007
    • Zero to Hero (阴差阳错), 2005
    • Without Warning, 2006
    • The Undisclosed (迷云二十天), 2006
    • C.I.D. (刑警2人组), 12 June 2006
    • Metamorphosis (破茧而出), 18 September 2007
    • Crime Busters x 2 (叮当神探), 30 September 2008
    • Unriddle (最火搭档), 2010
    • Vettai : Pledged to Hunt (வேட்டை), 23 November 2010 – 30 March 2011
    • C.L.I.F. (警徽天职), 2011: First drama to be produced in close collaboration with the Singapore Police Force. The second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons were aired in 2013, 2014, September 2016 and September 2019 respectively.
    • Unriddle 2 (最火搭档2), 2012
    • Vettai 2.0: The Next Generation (வேட்டை 2.0), 4 January 2012 – 11 May 2013
    • Vettai 3: The Final Judgement (வேட்டை 3), 17 November 2014 – present
      • Mata-Mata Season 1, 2013: background post-World War II in Singapore and establish woman police
      • Mata-Mata Season 2, 2014: A New Era, background after separation Singapore from Malaysia and secret society '70s
      • Mata-Mata Season 3, 2016: A New Generation, background development Singapore and crime late '70s,early '80s and now


  • The Last Blood (驚天十二小時), 1991
  • Ace Cops (妙警点三八), 1996: Telemovie
  • Life On The Line (魂断四面佛), 1996: Telemovie
  • 2000 AD (公元2000), 1999[56]
  • After School (放学后), 2004: A film released by the National Crime Prevention Council to harness the power of cinema as a public education tool to reach out to young Singaporeans and their families.

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