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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II CONSTITUTION AND ADMINISTRATION OF POLICE FORCE

Part III DUTIES AND DISCIPLINE OF POLICE OFFICERS

Division 1 — Duties of police officers

Division 2 — Discipline of police officers

Division 3 — Service offences

Part IV COMMITTEES OF INQUIRY

Part V SERVICE OUTSIDE SINGAPORE

Part VI SERVICE AS AIR MARSHALS ON BOARD SINGAPORE AIRCRAFT

Part VII PUBLIC OFFICERS WITH POLICE POWERS

Part VIII SPECIAL CONSTABULARY

Division 1 — Organisation and duties of Special Constabulary

Division 2 — Discipline in Special Constabulary

Division 3 — Special provision for volunteers

Division 4 — Special provisions for national servicemen

Part IX AUXILIARY POLICE FORCES

Division 1 — Creation and regulation of Auxiliary Police Forces

Division 2 — Auxiliary police officers

Division 3 — Mobilisation of Auxiliary Police Forces

Division 4 — General provisions

Part X POLICE FUND

Part XI UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AND ESTATES OF INTESTATES

Part XII MISCELLANEOUS

THE SCHEDULE Disciplinary Offences

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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Division 1 — Duties of police officers
Oath of office
19.  Every police officer shall, before entering on the duties of his office, take an oath of office and oath of allegiance prescribed by the Oaths and Declarations Act (Cap. 211) in such manner as may be prescribed in the Police Regulations.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 23]
Liability of police officers to serve
20.  All police officers shall be bound to serve in any part of Singapore or on board any vessel or aircraft in the service of the Government, or to proceed to and serve outside Singapore as provided in Part V.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 6]
Police officers to obey lawful orders
21.
—(1)  Every police officer shall —
(a)
obey all lawful orders, whether given verbally or in writing; and
(b)
obey and conform to the Police Regulations, the Police General Orders, any Force Orders and any Standing Orders made under this Act.
(2)  In particular, a police officer is required —
(a)
to serve wherever he is lawfully ordered; and
(b)
to perform such police duties as may be lawfully ordered.
(3)  All powers granted to and duties imposed by any written law on any police officer shall be exercised or performed in accordance with the Police Regulations, the Police General Orders, any Force Orders and any Standing Orders made under this Act.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., ss. 5 and 26]
Police officer to be armed
22.  Every police officer shall be provided with such arms, ammunition and other accoutrements as may be necessary for the effectual discharge of his duties.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 15]
Police officer to be deemed on duty
23.  Every police officer shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be always on duty when required to act as such and shall perform the duties and exercise the powers granted to him under this Act or any other written law at any time and every place where he may be doing duty.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 14]
Police officer not exempted from ordinary process of law
24.
—(1)  Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to prevent the prosecution, conviction and punishment of any police officer according to the provisions of any other written law for the time being in force in Singapore.
(2)  No person who has been acquitted by a court of any offence shall be tried on the same charge under this Act.
(3)  A sentence upon a police officer shall not be affected by such person ceasing to be a police officer by discharge or otherwise.
(4)  No pay shall accrue to any police officer in respect of any period during which he is undergoing any sentence of imprisonment.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 36]
Non-liability for act done under authority of warrant
25.
—(1)  Where the defence to any suit instituted against a police officer is that the act complained of was done in obedience to a warrant purporting to be issued by any competent authority, the court shall, upon production of the warrant containing the signature of such authority and upon proof that the act complained of was done in obedience to such warrant, enter judgment in favour of such police officer.
(2)  No proof of the signature of such authority shall be required unless the court has reason to doubt the genuineness thereof.
(3)  Where it is proved that the signature on a warrant card is not genuine, judgment shall nevertheless be given in favour of such police officer if it is proved that, at the time when the act complained of was committed, the police officer believed on reasonable grounds that such signature was genuine.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 37]
Road barriers
26.
—(1)  Notwithstanding any other law in force in Singapore, any police officer may, if he considers it necessary to do so for the maintenance and preservation of law and order or for the prevention or detection of crime —
(a)
erect or place barriers in or across any public road or street or in any public place in such manner as he may think fit; and
(b)
take all reasonable steps to prevent any vehicle being driven or ridden past any such barrier.
(2)  Any driver or rider of any vehicle who fails to comply with the signal of a police officer requiring such person to stop the vehicle before reaching any barrier erected or placed under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
(3)  Any police officer may, without warrant, arrest —
(a)
any driver or rider of any vehicle who fails to comply with the signal of a police officer requiring such person to stop the vehicle before reaching any barrier erected or placed under subsection (1); or
(b)
any driver or rider of any vehicle referred to in paragraph (a) —
(i)
who refuses to give his name and a place of address within Singapore when required by the police officer; or
(ii)
whom the police officer has reason to believe has furnished any false or misleading information about the driver’s or rider’s name or address in Singapore.
(4)  No police officer shall be liable for any loss or damage to any vehicle, or for any injury to the driver or rider or any other occupant of the vehicle, as a result of the driver or rider of the vehicle failing to obey any police officer acting under this section.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 39]
Employment of police officers for private purposes
27.
—(1)  Any person may apply to the Commissioner, in such form and manner as may be prescribed, to employ police officers for —
(a)
the purpose of guarding the applicant or any other person or any property; or
(b)
any other reason acceptable to the Commissioner.
(2)  The Commissioner may grant an application made under subsection (1) subject to such conditions as he thinks fit, including but not limited to the following:
(a)
the applicant shall pay for the services of the police officers such amount or at such rate as may be prescribed, and if no such amount or rate is so prescribed, such amount or rate as the Commissioner thinks fit; and
(b)
the number of police officers to be placed at the disposal of the applicant for such service, and the conditions of service.
(3)  The Government shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property, whether owned by the applicant or by any other person, consequent on the employment of police officers as provided in this section.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 77]