Kovan double murder: Big Blow to SPF and Home Team Part 2

The mantra of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) is “Low crime doesn’t mean NO crime.”

Not many would agree. Road rage, thuggish behaviour, gang fights, robberies and murders are on the rise. It’s no coincidence this is happening with the spike in our population.

Some of these occurred in broad daylight in full view of the public. Public safety could have been at risk. We may not be lucky the next time if another full-blown gang clash were to erupt in a shopping mall, and innocent bystanders get hurt.

By retreating from active policing, SPF fits the maxim of being out of sight, out of mind.

Japan is often cited as a country with low crime. This is no accident. If you visit Japan, you’ll notice the presence of many police posts, even in public parks.

We used to have neighbourhood police posts, no doubt copied from the Japanese model. But their numbers have been greatly reduced, a victim of the government cost-cutting measure.

In the 1980s, I used to see cops from the neighbourhood post on their bicycles around my place and we’d exchange greetings. If I was away on holiday, I’d inform them, and they’d come round and check on my place.

This was how SPF officers were able to establish rapport with the community. That was real active policing.

The government should revive the neighbourhood police post concept. It should invest in more social spending on public security.

By the way, what’s happened to the cop on bike scheme announced to great fanfare? I was impressed but strangely I’ve yet to see one.

After the contrite gestures from SPF over the Kovan double murder, will the Commissioner of Police and SPF withdraw into their shell again until the next explosive crime?


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