Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Jarmal Singh*


Singapore, being a city state dependant

on trade and with business links to all parts

of the world, is a very open country.

Further, its strategic location makes it a

natural hub for airlines and ships. In view

of the very many varied cultures and

historical attractions in the region

surrounding it, large numbers of tourists

and business travelers pass through it. It

is hence open to varied influences, and is

also vulnerable to passing crooks who can

easily pass of as locals or tourists.

As most of its occupants are descendents

of immigration stock, mainly from the

Peninsula Malaysia, the Indonesia

archipelago, China, India and Europe, it

is heterogeneous. There are hence

sensitivities relating to race, religion,

language and nationality. These need to

be safeguarded against exploitation by

bigots and anti-national elements.

Nevertheless, their common destiny and

the need to work among and with each

other have led to the establishment of a

generally similar outlook relating to their

physical self and property. As all value

these rights, crime which attacks these

rights is obviously abhorred and is always

a highly topical subject of concern inspite

of Singapore having one of the lowest crime

rates in the world.

The low crime rate has been achieved

by the combination of deterrence,

enforcement and rehabilitation under a

very effective criminal justice system.

Deterrence is provided by tough laws,

* Deputy Director Operations, Police Headquarters,

Singapore Police Force, Republic of Singapore.

pushed by a strong executive and enacted

by a very responsive legislature; a very

robust and efficient world class court

system; a police force also aspiring to be

world class in its total policing capabilities,

which includes at its bedrock, community

policing in a strong, symbiotic partnership

with the community it polices, strong

enforcement by incorruptible officers and

an austere but humane correctional system

which aids rehabilitation whenever


The main thrust of the police-community

partnership is based on mutual help, with

the public being persuaded and encouraged

to take personal responsibility both

individually and in partnership with others

in safeguarding themselves, their property

and their neighbourhood with the advice

and assistance of the police. It is based on

the principle that prevention is a

community responsibility and crime

prevention measures taken by the

community can limit and reduce

opportunities for the commission of crime.

Further, the community has a role in

mitigating the impact of crime on

unintended victims, such as the

dependents of victims, offenders and others

who suffer collateral damage from these

crimes. The community also has a role in

reintegrating people into society.

Since 1988, Singapore has been enjoying

a decreasing crime rate for 9 consecutive

years. This would not have been possible

if not for cooperation from the public,

brought about by community-policing.

About 1/3 of all arrest cases are solved as a

result of public-spiritedness shown by

members of the public, assisting or giving

vital information leading to the




apprehension of the criminal.

In the last two decades, Singapore has

become highly industrialised and

urbanised. The SPF has become an

organisation fully committed to serving the

needs of and protecting the people living

in Singapore. In response to these changes,

the SPF has also undergone a period of

transformation in terms of its

organisational structure and policing


The SPF has moved from reactive

policing to proactive policing based on the

concept of community policing and adapted

from the very successful Japanese Koban

model. This led to the establishment of 91

neighbourhood police posts (NPPs) under

the supervision of 7 land division

headquarters. The NPPs primary role is

creating a sense of security in the

neighbourhood through easily accessible

counter service, close liaison with the

public, high visibility patrols, house visits

and crime prevention education.



A. Concepts

Accompanying community policing, is

the development of a proactive approach

to crime prevention. The most strenuous

efforts by the police alone will not produce

the desired results if the community stands

by passively in the erroneous belief that

crime is purely a police responsibility. The

community must accept that the task of

crime prevention is as much a community

responsibility as it is a police responsibility,

and must join hands with the police to

make crime prevention effective. The

failure of public involvement in crime

prevention may be attributed to ignorance.

It is the police responsibility to overcome

this ignorance through a sustained

programme of education that brings about

crime prevention awareness throughout

the community. Crime prevention

education make people aware that:

(i) They are personally responsible

for the safety of their property

and themselves, and for the

safety of their neighbourhoods.

(ii) Many crimes are opportunistic in

nature and are committed

through the negligence and

carelessness of the victims.

Crime is prevented if the

opportunity is denied or delayed.

(iii) They can prevent crimes by

taking simple and effective

measures on their own or in cooperation

with their neighbours.

Crime prevention measures must

be commensurate with the threat.

Effective protection will not come

from any single measure but from

the sum total of all practical and

possible measures.

B. Formation of a Crime Prevention


The Crime Prevention Branch of the SPF

was formed in 1977 under the Criminal

Investigation Department (CID) to cater

for the needs of a specialised branch

devoted exclusively to crime prevention

activities. The main task of the branch was

to inform the public that they have a

significant role to play in safeguarding

themselves and their properties against

crime. For that purpose, the branch

embarked on an extensive programme of

crime prevention activities, which includes

talks, exhibitions and personal calls to

disseminate advice on measures that could

be adopted to prevent crime.

In view of the economic growth and

industrial development in Singapore, the

branch was expanded to that of a Crime

Prevention Division (CPD) in 1981, so as

to provide a more thorough and efficient

crime prevention programme for the public.



The formation of the CPD signaled the

beginning of the community-oriented

policing strategy in Singapore. Since its

inception, the CPD has initiated several

projects in crime prevention, namely the

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NWS),

Crime Prevention Committees (CPCs),

Crime Risk Surveys, Operation

Identification, crime prevention

exhibitions, crime prevention campaigns;

and youth programmes like the Crime

Proficiency Badge Scheme for uniformed

groups like the National Police Cadet

Corps, Scouts and Girl Guides etc.

The Division was later to work closely

with the National Crime Prevention

Council (NCPC) which was formed on 4

July 1981. The formation of the Council

marked an extremely important event in

the history of crime prevention work and

development in Singapore.

C. National Crime Prevention


The National Crime Prevention Council

(NCPC) was set up in 1981 to act as a

catalyst and partner to mobilise the

support of groups and individuals from the

community to work closely with the police

on crime prevention. It is a non-profit

making organisation which depends

entirely on donations to run their activities.

The NCPC objectives are:

(i) To raise the level of public

awareness and concern about


(ii) To encourage self-help in crime


(iii) To study, develop and improve

crime prevention measures

suitable for adoption by the

public; and

(iv) To co-ordinate the efforts of

organisations interested in such


The NCPC comprises of persons from

both the private and public sector.

Members include business and social

leaders, professionals and police officers.

It is involved with other organisations and

government departments in promoting

crime prevention. It works closely with the

police and organises exhibitions,

workshops, courses, contests and talks to

involve and educate individuals and

organisations on crime prevention. It also

conducts research into various aspects of

crime prevention. Research is also

commissioned to measure the effectiveness

of crime prevention programmes. Various

subcommittees are also formed under the

NCPC to address problems related to crime

within various trades and concerns. They


(i) Hotel Security Committee

(ii) Se cur i t y at Cons t ruc t i on

Worksites Committee

(iii) Children & Youth Committee

(iv) Security at Commercial Premises


(v) Security in Housing Committee

(vi) Focus Group Committee



A. Neighbourhood Watch Scheme


In 1981, the SPF introduced the

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NWS) to

tap on the resources of the community,

especially the residents of high-rise

apartments, in line with its community,

policing concept. The Scheme was

originally conceived to encourage mutual

care and help among neighbours, through

residents keeping an eye out for each

other’s premises, and it was hoped that

civic-mindedness, neighbourliness and

social responsibility in the context of crime

prevention would be enhanced. This would

contribute to keeping neighbourhoods safe

from crime.




By 1993, the NWS had 10,000 groups of

about 5 households located on the same

floor of a block of apartments, and led by a

group leader. Such a group is called a

Neighbourhood Watch Group (NWG). The

goals of the NWG are:

(i) To encourage residents to keep an

eye for their neighbours’

premises, so as to enhance the

physical security of their estate.

(ii) To disseminate, through the

NWG leader, awareness of

potential threats to resident’s

safety in their estate.

(iii) Instill, through the NWG leader,

an awareness of potential threats

to residents’ safety in that estate.

Despite the large number of NWGs

formed, the scheme met with limited

success. The activities of the NWGs have

been minimal or, in some cases, nonexistent.

This is due to the following


(i) Lack of leadership by NWG


(ii) Lack of participation by NWG


(iii) Limited scope of activity for


(iv) Existence of alternative channels

of communication.

In the light of the above factors, a review

of the NWS in 1996 was made with a view

to ensuring that it continues to remain

effective and to complement the work of the

Residents Committees (RCs), Residents

Associations (RAs) and the police. The RCs

and RAs are grassroots community-based

civic organisations that are all over

Singapore. The principal considerations on

the revised NWS form an integral part of

the police’s overall strategy of community

policing, working in conjunction with

attempts to reach out to the communityat-

large (through initiatives such as

problem-solving ), and to the individual

(through house visits ). In order to achieve

this, the following was addressed:

(i) The need for the aims, structure

and activities of the revised NWS

to be congruent with the priorities

of community agencies, thus

underscoring the relevance of

community-based cooperation at

the grassroots level.

(ii) The need to leverage on the

strengths of the existing

grassroots network such as

Residents Committees (RCs) /

Residents Associations (RAs).

(iii) The need for activities under the

revised NWS to cause individuals

to develop a greater sense of

belonging to and responsible for

the neighbourhood they live in.

B. Neighbourhood Watch Zone


The new model for the Neighbourhood

Watch Scheme envisages a strategic

partnership between the SPF and

Residents’ Committee (RC) for Public

Housing and Resident’s Association (RA)

for Private Housing (the key community

agency at the grassroots level). The SPF

no longer attempts to build up a network

of community relationships in isolation.

Instead, it will work with and through the

RCs and RAs, in order to achieve the

objective of the Neighbourhood Watch

Scheme. This is done primarily through

the creation of “Neighbourhood Watch

Zones” in each of the 456 RC and 65 RA

Zones. NWZs will form an integral part of

the RC and RA structure, and will be led

by the Liaison Officer (LO) of the RC or RA

Zone, assisted by their Assistance Liaison

Officers (ALOs). They can be the vehicle

through which the RC’s and RA’s aim of

engendering a strong community spirit can

be achieved. Their focus, unlike the NWGs,



is not on crime-related concerns alone, but

on all issues that interest or affect the


RCs and RAs have been strengthened

as the pre-eminent community

organisations at the precinct level. They

have the mandate not only to discuss, but

also to deal with all aspects of concerns that

have crime or law and order implications.

Key areas of community concern will be

focused on the RCs and RAs. This gives

the community an identity to rally to. Since

the RCs and RAs have more substantial

areas of focus, the possibility of active and

meaningful participation in RC/RA

activities by residents will be raised.

The transformation from Neighbourhood

Watch Groups to Neighbourhood Watch

Zones (NWZ) is a move from quantity to

quality. With a more manageable number

of NWZs to work with, NPPs can

concentrate on working more closely with

each NWZ, thus strengthening its

leadership and administration. A total of

25 NWZs were launched at the pilot phase

in April 1997. To date the SPF has

established 191 NWZs. A typical NWZ is

made up of a Liaison Officer (LO) and is

assisted by Assistant Liaison Officers

(ALOs). The LOs and ALOs of the NWZ

work very closely with the NPP officers to

coordinate crime prevention activities and

programmes to foster community bonding.

They will also disseminate information to

the residents and channel feedback from

residents to Resident Committees (RCs)/

Resident Associations (RAs) and NPPs.

The role of our NPP officers in NWzs are

to work in close partnership with the

members of RCs/RAs in promoting

neighbourhood watch. Typically, they will:

(i) Actively support RC and RA


(ii) Disseminate crime prevention

information through house visits,

leaflets and posters;

(iii) Work jointly with RC and RA

members to discuss and propose

solutions to crime concerns;

(iv) Seek residents’ feedback on police

issues during house visits;

(v) Meet NWZ LOs for information

on RC/RA events;

(vi) Identify RC/RA activities as

platforms to promote crime

prevention awareness;

(vii) Organise activities at a ‘small

g r o u p ’ l e v e l t o p r o v i d e

opportunities for NWZ members

to meet and get to know each


(viii)Customise police publications

with community level messages

for dissemination to residents;


(ix) Work with the community on

crime prevention publications.

The role of Liaison Officers (LOs) in

NWZs are as follows:

(i) Promote neighbourliness,

harmony and cohesiveness within

the NWZ;

(ii) Conduct NWZ programmes to

raise the crime prevention

awareness of the residents;

(iii) Acting through the ALOs,

disseminate information to and

channel feedback from the

residents to the neighbourhood

police post/RC/RA.

(iv) Coordinate and promote a wide

range of activities eg, social and

cultural, etc, to engender a strong

community spirit among

residents and to raise crime

prevention awareness;

(v) Attend to neighbourhood and

community crime prevention


(vi) Promote and encourage resident

participation in crime awareness





(vii) Mobilise community resources to

address residents’ crime concerns

(viii)Resolve, with the support of

NPPs, disputes among residents;


(ix) Foster civic consciousness

amongst residents.

The SPF, in building a strong community

support, had created the Neighbourhood

Watch Zones in 25 RC Zones for its pilot

scheme launched in April 1997. A survey

was conducted a year later to find out the

level of awareness of the NWZ scheme and

and the crime prevention knowledge of the

residents. The findings were that more

than 90% of the respondents wanted the

scheme to continue or be implemented in

their estates. They also felt that the

scheme was effective in helping to prevent

crime. With the success of this scheme, the

SPF is embarking to expand it island-wide.

To date, the SPF has established 191




With community policing firmly in place,

and strategic networks established with

public organisations such as grassroots

organisations, and private bodies such as

various trade associations, it becomes

possible to leverage on their cooperation

and expertise in crime prevention. The

reach of crime prevention programmes

initiated by the SPF is greatly enhanced

through these collaborations with leading

public and private organisations that aim

to enhance security-awareness and

security within their respective trades and

spheres of operation. The following are

some of the crime prevention programmes

being implemented by the police in

collaboration with the community.



A. Crime Prevention Exhibitions

and Talks

To stimulate greater public interest and

instill crime prevention awareness, crime

prevention exhibitions are held throughout

the year at shopping centres, community

centres and void decks of apartments to

reach out to the general public. The police

also conduct talks at grassroots and private

organisations. Crime prevention

phamplets, posters and handbooks are also

produced and distributed to the general

public during exhibitions or talks and are

easily available at the Neighbourhood

Police Centres/Posts.

B. Annual Crime Prevention


To focus attention on crimes which affect

the public at large, the police, together with

the NCPC, jointly organise the Year-End

Festive Season Crime Prevention

Campaign. The mass media such as

television, cinema, posters etc, would also

be employed to communicate crime

prevention messages to the general public.

C. Crime Risk Surveys

To determine security weaknesses, the

police conduct Crime Risks Surveys for

both residential and commercial premises

upon request (by appointment or

registration at crime prevention

exhibitions). The police also visit scenes of

crime to advise the victims of means of

improving the structural security features

of their premises. The aims of the surveys


(i) To provide specialised advisory

services on crime prevention to

the public at no cost;

(ii) To help improve the physical

security features of premises; and



(iii) To encourage the use of various

crime prevention measures and

devices to enhance the security of


D. Crime Watch TV Progamme

To educate the general public through

the television, the police and the NCPC also

jointly produce the Crime Watch TV

Programme Series. The programme

features crime awareness including solved

and unsolved cases, appealing for

information and witnesses and public

education segments on crime prevention

measures or road safety. This TV

programme is shown monthly during

prime-time in both the English and

Chinese languages.

E. Crime Prevention for Senior


Senior citizens being vulnerable and

trusting, can easily become victims of

unscrupulous criminals. Crime Prevention

Talks are conducted by Crime Prevention

Officers (CPOs) to various senior citizen

associations or groups. This also involves

police liaison with the People’s Association

and related organisations on the organising

of crime prevention programmes and


F. Crime Prevention for the Young

and Youths

1. School Security Committees (SSCs)

The Committee is headed by teachers in

the schools themselves. The programme

was formed to enhance crime prevention

and fire safety in the schools. The police

officers at the NPPs act as liaison officers

to these SSCs. Meetings are held with

SSCs to update them on the latest crime

trends and advice. The police also render

assistance, such as arranging and

conducting crime prevention talks to the


2. Crime Prevention for Uniformed


To reinforce crime prevention messages

among uniformed youth groups in schools

such as the National Police Cadet Corps,

the Scouts and Girl Guides, participation

in crime prevention activities are

encouraged. These activities include crime

prevention knowledge tests, visits to NPPs

and the Crime Prevention Display Room.

Upon completion of these activities,

students would be awarded the Crime

Prevention Proficiency Badge. The police

intend to extend the award to all other

uniformed groups in schools.

3. Textbook for Students

To educate our students on crime

prevention, a series of crime prevention

textbooks called “Dear Mr Policeman” were

brought into the school curriculums in 1986

to teach students from upper primary to

lower secondary levels the importance of

crime prevention. This series, which is still

currently being taught, will soon be

replaced in 1999 by an enhanced series

called “Safe and Secure: That’s Our

Singapore”, which will carry not only crime

prevention messages from the police, but

also road safety, and fire safety messages

from the Singapore Civil Defence Force,

and drug abuse prevention messages from

the Central Narcotics Bureau.

4. Crime Prevention CDs for Schools

A crime prevention interactive multimedia

CD targeting students and youths

have been developed. The CD contains the

messages of crime prevention, fire safety/

emergency preparedness, anti-drug abuse

and road safety, from the police, Singapore

Civil Defence Force and the Central

Narcotics Bureau respectively. The CD

comes complete with digitised images and

good audio and visual animation to make

learning fun and interactive for students

and youths alike.




5. Crime Prevention Videos

An educational video called “Gangfile”

warning teenagers of the dangers of joining

gangs; and a handbook called “Say No To

Gangs”, has been produced and distributed

to all schools. Another video, entitled

“Prison Me? No Way!” has been produced

for students and youths to steer them away

from crime. The video recounts the prison

life of 2 youth offenders, and conveys the

severity, harshness and consequences of a

prison sentence. The video, which is

distributed to all schools, comes complete

with a teachers’ guide.

6. Joint School Talks on Crime and Drug

Abuse Prevention

To maximise the benefits of combined

preventive drug and crime education

among students, the police and the Central

Narcotics Bureau (CNB) have integrated

and coordinated joint school talks on crime,

secret society activities and drug abuse

prevention. The police, CNB and Ministry

of Education (MOE) also work together to

draw up a year-long lecture schedule for

schools. This schedule ensures that every

school will be visited by the officers and

benefit from their talks. Apart from the

schedule, schools can also request special

talks to small group of students who have

been singled-out for any kind of infractions.

This helps the police and CNB to establish

better ties with discipline masters and with

schools in general.

7. Streetwise Programme

In addition to preventive education in

schools, the National Youth Council (NYC)

has initiated the “StreetWise Programme”

-a programme designed to change the

behaviour of youths who have unwittingly

drifted into gang activities. Three key

components in the programme are:

(i) Counselling;

(ii) Development training to

inculcate life skills and provide

academic and recreation support;


(iii) Voluntary curfew.

Participants in the voluntary curfew

scheme will have to undertake not to visit

certain entertainment outlets and likely

gang hangouts. They must also stay at

home during certain times of the day. Their

parents will have to agree to supervise

them and ensure that they observe the

curfew for the duration of the programme.

8. Visits to Penal Institutions

The police and CNB will continue to

organise institutional visits for youths

identified to be involved in petty crimes and

other delinquent activities at the prisons

and Drug Rehabilitation Centres

respectively. This would enable the youths

to have direct exposure to the deprivations

in the drug and penal regimes.

9. Organisation of Police Youth Camps

Youth camps for high-risk students will

be organised by the police to serve as an

outlet for energy and imagination, to steer

youths away from crime or associating with

bad elements. This will also instill some

confidence as well as social skills in them.

10. Honorary Vo l u n t e e r S p e c i a l

Constabulary (VSC) Scheme

As juvenile delinquents have become

increasingly defiant and aggressive over

the years, the police alone cannot tackle

the problem effectively. The Honorary VSC

scheme was introduced in 1997 to

strengthen the links between schools and

the police in an effort to keep juvenile

delinquency problems and youth-gang

influences away from schools. Teachers are

appointed as Honorary VSC Senior


The appointment symbolises police

presence and authority in schools and

enhances teachers’ position as the overseer



of school discipline. The Honorary VSC

Senior Officers carry warrant cards which

enables them to make arrests when there

are serious breaches of the peace within,

or in the immediate vicinity of, the school

compound or during school activities.

The Honorary VSC Senior Officers play

the role of the liaison officer between the

respective schools and the police. Police

will work closely with them to curb juvenile

delinquency. They will contact the police

should the need arise and assist in

scheduling talks on topics related to secret

society activities or crime prevention. They

also help to organise police-youth activities

such as visits to prisons and monitor the

behaviour of delinquent students in


As they are part of the SPF, they are

conferred powers of arrest, and can offer

advice on police procedures and policerelated

matters to staff and students in

their schools. They also counsel

recalcitrant students on the consequences

of criminal or gang activities.

G. Commercial and Industrial


1. Crime Presentation for Crime

Prevention Committees (CPCs)

To look after the commercial and

industrial sectors, the police in 1982

introduced Crime Prevention Committees

(CPCs). CPCs serve as an organised body

where the police can work closely with both

the commercial and industrial sectors on

crime prevention. They are equivalent to

the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in

public/private residential estates and are

responsible for monitoring and looking

after the security of their respective

commercial/shopping or industrial

complexes; organising crime prevention

activities and implementing the

recommended security measures in

consultation with police representatives.

To date, 145 CPCs have been formed all

over Singapore.

2. Crime Prevention for Construction


Security audits of construction sites are

conducted jointly by the Singapore

Contractors Association Limited (SCAL),

the NCPC and the police. The objectives

are to promote and encourage crime

prevention awareness, enhance work site

security and to deter unauthorised visitors

and illegal immigrants. To educate foreign

workers, a crime prevention video for

construction workers in 7 different

languages was also produced and

incorporated as part of the orientation

programme for foreign workers. Every

year, seminars on construction safety and

security are also jointly organised by the

police, NCPC and SCAL.

3. Crime Prevention for Hotels

The Singapore Hotel Association (SHA),

the NCPC and the police work closely in

organising the annual Hotel Security

Conference and Awards Presentation.

Together with SHA, the police also conduct

security audits at hotels to ensure their

standard of security. The objectives are to

promote an urgent sense of security in the

hotels, to encourage and assist installation

of mechanised security systems such as

closed-circuit television (CCTV) and to

endorse security training programmes for

the hotels.






The effectiveness of any country’s

policing strategy and crime prevention

programmes is best gauged by a public

perception survey on the overall crime

levels, sense of security and police




presence. To this end, such a survey was

conducted by the police in 1997. Of those

surveyed, 62% of the respondents believed

that major crimes were declining, and 46%

perceived that minor crimes were

declining. Comparing the general security

of Singapore with most countries in the

world, 93% of the respondents felt it was

better. 86% of the respondents also felt that

the security in Singapore at present (1996)

was better than 5 years ago (1991). More

than 95% of respondents felt that, on the

whole, the NPP system, and the police in

general have met their expectations.

In terms of the effectiveness of crime

prevention programmes, television

programmes such as crime watch continue

to top the list, with 93% of respondents

having known of it. Of the respondents who

expressed knowledge of the crime watch

programmes, 75% have watched it before.

Other crime prevention activities which the

public are aware of include posters (73%),

leaflets and newsletters (69%), and

exhibitions (68%).


A. Expansion of Neighbourhood

Watch Zones

The strategy of engaging the community

in crime prevention awareness will

continue. The police are looking into the

expansion of the NWZ Scheme. The aim is

to foster the idea of neighbourhood watch

and the concept of self-help in crime

prevention to residents via the Residents’

Committee (RC) and the Residents’

Association (RA). With close partnership

in the community, the NWZ Scheme will

become more effective in reaching out to

residents island-wide.

B. Enhancing Strategic Alliances

with Community Groups

The SPF intends to enhance the

strategic alliances with community groups

and grassroots organisations to raise crime

prevention awareness. To do this, the

police will continue to establish close

partnerships with community-based

organisations and self-help groups to

leverage on mutual strengths and expertise

to combat crime.

C. Enhancing Crime Prevention

Awareness among Police Officers

To continue enhancing crime prevention

awareness among its officers, the SPF aims

to further enhance the expertise of Crime

Prevention Officers, by upgrading the

general crime prevention knowledge

(including technical and highly specialised

aspects) and awareness of officers through

training. Police will, together with the

NCPC, generate initiatives for crime

prevention and build strategic alliances

with organisations in the private and

public sector to raise crime prevention

awareness in their respective fields.


To manage the expectations of the public,

and to meet the challenges of the 21st

century, the police will continue to improve

and fine-tune the system of community

policing and to continuously involve the

public. Internally, the police will

continuously hone and improve the existing

infrastructure of community policing to

keep in step with the complexity of the

crime scene in the years to come. No effort

is spared as our officers are continuously

trained with the latest technology and

know how. Laterally, the police will also

venture to establish strategic alliances and

partnerships with grassroots bodies,

private organisations, various trade

associations, public institutions, etc, to curb

crime. In this regard, work on the NWZ

Scheme will be carried out in earnest so

that it is implemented island-wide. The

future of our policing strategy is embodied

in our crime prevention slogan for 1998/



99, which is “Together We Can Prevent

Crime”. Thus, as we enter into the 21st

century, the police-public partnership will

remain a vital chemistry for any success

in combating crime.

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