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     2004

Police reject Snowball.04 application

...The Police recognise that there are some Singaporeans with gay tendencies. While Police do not discriminate against them on this basis, the Police also recognise that Singapore is still, by and large, a conservative and traditional society.
Hence, the Police cannot approve any application for an event which goes against the moral values of a large majority of Singaporeans...

     - Recent rape & molestation cases in Singapore

     - Armed police patrols in public places since 1 Nov 2004

 

     - Enhanced safety requirements for motorised bicycles & riders

     - DNA Database launched in Singapore

     - Knife-wielding man attacking police officers shot in arm

     - National Service (NS) cut to 2 years from Dec 2004 batch

     - Home Detention Scheme to be expanded

     - Three fugitives on Pulau Tekong captured

     2003

 

  Figures from World Prison List, released last month by Britain's Home Office, shows that Singapore has 16,310 in its jails, or 359 people in prison for every 100,000 people. The rate is above the sum total of Cambodia (46), Malaysia (121), Brunei (120) and Indonesia (29). The Prison Department here believes the high rate here is because of the nature of the country - a city-state with a dense population. The study of 100 countries was topped by the US which has 686 inmates per 100,000 people. (Straits Times 31 Mar 2003)(H2)

  A new S$1 billion mega-prison complex will replace Changi Prison. The Prisons Department wants to demolish the old prison and erect the new prisons which will be ready for use in early 2004. The Preservation of Monuments Board is now talking with the Prisons Department and the URA about the possibility of saving the prison which was built in 1936 and housed about 76,000 prisoners of war between 1942 and 1945 during World War II. The number included about 15,000 local, 39,000 British and 19,000 Australian soldiers. About 50,000 Japanese were imprisoned there after the Japanese surrender. (Straits Times 29 Mar 2003)(H9)

  A serial lift robber was nabbed in a police ambush at Pearl Centre on Tuesday morning. The 45-year-old unemployed man preyed on the elderly in lifts and is believed to have been involved in about 50 cases islandwide. About 50 pawn receipts, totalling S$24,000, were recovered from the shops he had done business with. (Straits Times 20 Mar 2003) (H4)

  Last year, 167 parents filed beyond parental control complaints - a 44 per cent increase on the previous year - and the problem coincides with rising juvenile crime. Statistics released by the police last week show that the number of youngsters 15 years old and under arrested in 2002 shot up by 55 per cent, compared to 2001. In 2002, 45 youngsters were sent to institutions, such as the Toa Payoh Girls' Home and the Singapore Boys' Home. (Straits Times Monday 24 Feb 2003)(1)

  After 30 years at the Seletar Camp, the Police Coast Guard is moving to a new S$16 million complex at Loyang Crescent by 2005. Its new home is being built over 1.33 ha and consists of a two-storey administrative building and a 3,500 sq m hangar, capable of servicing up to two boats at a time. (Straits Times 16 Jan 2003)(H7)

     2002

 

  Criminals appear to be targeting the elderly as there were 45 cheating cases involving senior citizens from January to September this year, up from 29 in the same period in 2001. During the same period, robbery cases increased by 16 per cent, from 61 to 71 cases. (Straits Times 13 Nov 2002) (H1)

  People who are convicted of minor offences may have their criminal records sealed or deleted after a certain number of years, provided they do not commit offences again. This will make it easier for them to get work. Senior Minister for Law and Home Affairs Associate Professor HO Peng Kee said that the Home Affairs Ministry was studying the issue and would come up with firm plans within a month or two. (Straits Times 14 May 2002) (H4)

  Since the Traffic Police started strict enforcement of the seat-belt law last week, it has been receiving about 2,000 telephone enquiries a day, more than twice the 800 which it routinely receives. Answers to many of the questions are available online at www.spinet.gov.sg. From Wednesday to Sunday, 53 drivers and 42 passengers were summoned. (Straits Times 14 May 2002) (6) 

  The police are replacing the Smith & Wesson .38 with the Brazilian-made Taurus M85 by the end of the year. American gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson plans to phase out the production of the .38 in two years. The Taurus M85, which weighs about 600 g, has laser-guided technology which automatically plants a highly intimidating red dot on its target. (Straits Times 12 Apr 2002) (H7) 

  According to the Central Narcotics Bureau, 48 of the 82 people arrested in night spots here last year, who then tested positive for drugs, were women. Of these, half were staff members - lounge hostesses. While drugs like heroin and Ecstasy remain popular with club-goers, others like Ice and ketamine are gaining popularity too. (Straits Times 3 Apr 2002) (H2)

  Three men were charged in court yesterday after Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers seized more than 12.9 kg of heroin, with a street value of S$1.6 million, in a Sembawang drug bust on Wednesday. The heroin, is the biggest amount seized so far this year. (Straits Times 29 Mar 2002) (6)

  There were 200 more cases of shoplifting last year, an 8-per-cent rise that brought the total to 2,600. Most of them took place in shopping centres and supermarkets. The number of young shoplifters dropped slightly from 1,147 in 2000 to 1,071 last year. (Straits Times 27 Mar 20020 (H8)

  From next month, 150 policemen on patrol in Housing Board estates will carry with them a palmtop that can access the particulars of people with a criminal record, as well as the registered numbers of stolen vehicles kept in the police data bank. But the information can only be accessed with a password. The palmtop can also double as a phone, and when fitted with a small attachment, turns into a digital camera. If all goes well during the six-month trial, all officers will carry the Hewlett-Packard Jornada 928. The device was developed over six months at a cost of S$1 million. (Straits Times 22 Feb 2002) (3)

     2001

  Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) seized about 120,000 high-quality pirated CDs when they raided a warehouse in Kallang Pudding road and a shop in Zion Road on Friday. They arrested the syndicate of 11 people, including the man and woman who led it. It was the first time the department had smashed a syndicate that distributed music and film CDs here and abroad. The pirated discs seized - mostly music CDs - are estimated to have a market value of S$2.4 million, making this the year's largest seizure to date. (Straits Times 26 Aug 2001)(6) 

  The drug scene at local nightclubs is well under control, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Only 15 per cent of the more than 100 suspects picked up during the June holidays failed drug tests, CNB director TAN Seck Kang said at a drug abuse seminar for teachers yesterday. These were mostly for synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy, Ice and Ketamine, he said. The number of first-time drug abusers has nearly halved from 1,341 in 1994 to 672 last year. (Straits Times 26 Aug 2001)(25)

  The Ministry of Home Affairs will operate from the twin towers called New Phoenix Park in Irrawaddy Road from 18 Aug 2001. The purpose-built premises, which incorporates high-tech intelligent systems, also houses the new Police Headquarters, which moved there from Pearl's Hill. (Straits Times 18 Aug 2001)

  The Centre for Forensic Science handles between 450 and 550 forgery and counterfeit cases yearly. About 80 per cent of them come from the police, and 15 per cent are from the local law firms handling civil cases. Government departments, businesses and individuals in Singapore and abroad supply the rest. The cases range from identifying handwriting on illegal bookmaking documents, loanshark harrassment notes and suicide notes to authenticating currency notes, passports and signatures on wills and contracts. (Straits Times 12 Aug 2001)(4)

  All junior police, civil defence, prisons, and anti-narcotics officers who join on or after 1 Oct 2001 will retire at 50; senior officers at 55. This means the retirement age is being lowered by five years for all Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) officers. The aim is to keep the personnel in the uniformed services young, while preparing them for a second career. More than two-thirds of the 12,000 uniformed staff in the Home Team are juniors. (Straits Times 3 Jun 2001)

  The Commissioner of Police may get wider discretionary powers to erase the criminal records of people who committed minor offences if they do not repeat the offences after some years. The move to make it easier for offenders to get back to work is part of a review of the Registration of Criminals Act, said Minister of State (Home Affairs & Law) Associate Professor HO Peng Kee in Parliament on 10 Mar 2001.  (Straits Times 11 Mar 2001)

     2000

 

The year 2000 saw a 14.7% fall in crime when compared to 1999. The total number of seizable offences 1 dropped to 30,694 cases from the 35,982 cases recorded in 1999. The crime rate per 100,000 total population similarly fell from 924 cases in 1999 to 764 cases in 2000.

2. Theft-related offences2 accounted for 60.2% of the total seizable offences. Offences in this category dropped by 14.8% C 18,465 in 2000 compared to 21,664 in 1999.

3.Of the nine index crimes, eight fell when compared to those of 1999. Property offences such as housebreaking, robbery, motor vehicle theft and snatch theft fell significantly by between 14% and 36%. Offences such as murder, cheating related offences, outraging of modesty and rape also declined. Only the offence of rioting - or fighting involving five or more persons - recorded a slight increase of 4.1% over that of 1999, after having plunged 33.2% in 1999 when compared to 1998. The comparative details are in the Annex.

1.Total seizable offences are based on reports of crimes, which eventually, may or may not be substantiated. They exclude Immigration Act Offences handled by the Police.

2.Theft-related offences include motor-vehicle theft, bicycle theft, snatch theft, shoplifting etc.

Source: Singapore Police Force

  Fourteen new Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) will open on Sunday 17 Dec 2000 within the Ang Mo Kio and Bedok Police Divisions. These centres provide 24-hour one-stop service to the public. Policemen from these centres also provide bicycle and scooter patrols. Each Police Centre is manned by 80 officers. Central and Tanglin Police Divisions are due to follow suit in 2001 with seven centres. By then, there will be 31 Police Centres island-wide. (Straits Times 11 Dec 2000)

  The number of Yaba tablets seized in Singapore has soared more than twelvefold from 1999, with almost 17,000 tablets seized in the first nine months of 2000. In the latest raid by the Central Narcotics Bureau against the Yaba scourge on Monday, 20 Nov 2000, officers seized 1822 Yaba pills, more than the total of 1380 Yaba tablets seized in 1999.

  Light-fingered youngsters who shoplift appear to have a preference for stores in the Orchard Road shopping belt and popular retail areas in the southern part of Singapore. A study by the sub-ordinate courts revealed that these trends were true at least for the shoplifting cases dealt with by the Juvenile Court recently. The young offenders' favourite poaching ground was Takashimaya Department Store, followed by Northpoint, Suntec City, Isetan Scotts, Wisma Atria, Cold Storage (Northpoint), Isetan Parkway Parade, Carrefour and Metro Marina.

  Fewer youths were caught committing crimes in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. The number of arrested youths, aged between seven and 19, fell by 26%, from 2162 to 1602, said Minister of State for Home Affairs and Law, Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee at the Youth Justice 2000 conference on 14 Sep 2000.

  14 new Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPC) will be opened by December 2000. The new NPCs will be located in areas now covered by Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Geylang police divisions. And, by the end of next year, another seven new NPCs will be built around the city. An eighth will operate in Seng Kang new town by 2003. Mr Khoo Boon Hui, the Commissioner of Police, said that in time, all 32 NPCs and a network of supporting Neighbourhood Police Posts (NPPs) will make policing work more effective and efficient.

  Twenty new high-speed patrol boats have been added to the coast guard's fleet to help in the battle against smugglers and illegal immigrants.