The slashing case in Orchard Road on Saturday once again throws the spotlight on the SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE (SPF).
People have long noticed the diminishing presence of SPF in public places. The public don’t see police foot patrols.
Some time ago, the government announced to great fanfare the formation of a cops on bikes patrol. Whatever happened? I’ve not seen a single one of them on my regular bike outings. Has the tropical weather proved too much for them?
SPF should boost their presence in public to deter and prevent crime. Criminal elements, gangs and youths have noticed this lack of police presence and so have been tempted to carry weapons in secret.
In the Orchard Road slashing, weapons were used. In past incidents, criminals used knives to rob and kill their victims.
The mission of SPF: “The Singapore Police Force’s core function is to protect the people who live in Singapore from crime and all manner of criminal harm.”
How is SPF going to fulfill this noble goal if it is missing on the streets and public places? If it is just sitting back and waiting for 999 calls?
No doubt SPF has the ability to track down and arrest the perps but it’s scant solace to those who have suffered injuries or to the families who have to grieve over the death of a loved one.
One recalls the horrific gang fight in Downtown East last year when a youth was knifed and killed.
In 2010, three men from Sarawak committed robbery in Kallang using weapons. The victim was killed.
When will SPF do more to live up to its mission to protect us from harm?
Certainly not by sitting behind a desk.
It’s scary to think that there are people moving around with hidden weapons.