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Armed police patrols in public places since 1 Nov 2004



Oral answer to Parliamentary Question for MHA during Parliament Sitting on deployment of armed police officers from Special Operations Command in public places on 16 November 04


Ms Indranee Rajah:

"To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether the deployment of armed police officers from Special Operations Command in public places is due to an assessment of increased risk of national security."

The deployment of the officers from Special Operations Command (SOC) does not signal an assessment of increased risk to national security.
Like the public Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems deployed at Newton Food Centre, Boat Quay and Little India, the projection of strong police presence at various locations is part of the ongoing effort to keep Singapore safe and secure.
It serves as an added deterrent to terrorist activities, provides assurance to the public, and reminds the public of the importance of constant vigilance.
The operations will be carried out at various locations in Singapore, including the entertainment, commercial and residential areas. The timings and locations of the operations will not be specified in the interest of operational security.
Thus far, the Police are encouraged by the generally positive reaction from the public since such operations have commenced.
We hope that Singaporeans will continue to take these changes in their stride and accept them as part of the daily landscape, while maintaining their vigilance at all times and be resilient when confronting the terrorist threats.

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs Press Release 16 Nov 2004

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