Singapore Government
Link to Homepage
Home | About Us | Browse | Advanced Search | Results | My Preferences | FAQ | Help
 
Contents

Long Title

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, FORENSIC SPECIALISTS AND CIVILIAN POLICE ASSISTANTS

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

 
Slider
Left Corner
Print   Link to Viewed VersionLink to In-Force Version
On 30/07/2015, you requested the version in force on 30/07/2015 incorporating all amendments published on or before 30/07/2015. The closest version currently available is that of 01/06/2015.
Slider
Police Force Act
(CHAPTER 235)

(Original Enactment: Act 24 of 2004)

REVISED EDITION 2006
(31st January 2006)
An Act relating to the Singapore Police Force and to provide for its organisation and discipline and other related matters.
[12th October 2004]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Police Force Act.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 1]
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“accoutrement” includes surveillance equipment capable of being worn on the body for the purpose of recording a view of, or recording a conversation between, the wearer and another individual;
“arms” includes firearm;
“arrangement” includes any formal or informal scheme, arrangement or understanding, and any trust whether express or implied;
“Auxiliary Police Force” means any force created under Part IX;
“Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations” means regulations made under section 104;
“auxiliary police officer” means a person appointed as such under Part IX;
“civilian police assistant” means an individual who is appointed under section 65C as a civilian police assistant;
“commanding officer” means any police officer not below the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Commander, Training Command or any police officer lawfully acting in any of these appointments;
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Police appointed under section 6(1);
“committee of inquiry” means a committee of inquiry established under Part IV;
“constable” means a police officer below the rank of lance corporal;
“Deputy Commissioner”, in relation to any provision in this Act or its subsidiary legislation, or in the Police General Orders, Force Orders or Standing Orders, means the Deputy Commissioner of Police designated by the Commissioner for the purposes of that provision;
“detention barrack” means any building or part thereof set aside by the Commissioner for the purpose of persons serving any sentence of detention under this Act;
“disciplinary offence” means a service offence specified in the Schedule;
“disciplinary officer” means —
(a)
in relation to a police officer, a commanding officer or any other officer authorised by a commanding officer to conduct disciplinary proceedings under Part III in relation to disciplinary offences committed by police officers below the rank of inspector; and
(b)
in relation to a special police officer, the relevant disciplinary officer specified in section 81(1) or 82(1), as the case may be;
“emoluments” includes gross salary, the annual variable component, allowances (whether monthly, annual or otherwise), bonuses and other benefits but not performance bonuses;
“forensic specialist” means an individual who is appointed under section 65A as a forensic specialist;
“inspector” means an inspector of police of whatever grade from and including a chief inspector down to and including a probationary inspector;
“law enforcement” means —
(a)
activities carried on by any police officer or law enforcement officer in the exercise of any function, power or duty of such an officer in accordance with law with respect to the commission of offences; or
(b)
activities carried on by any police officer or law enforcement officer for the purpose of dealing with terrorism, civil unrest or public disorder;
“law enforcement agency” means —
(a)
the Central Narcotics Bureau;
(b)
the Internal Security Department; or
(c)
any similar department or office of the Government prescribed by the Minister by notification in the Gazette;
“law enforcement officer” means —
(a)
a narcotics officer appointed to the Narcotics Service;
(b)
an intelligence officer; or
(c)
a public officer holding a post, or seconded to serve, in a law enforcement agency;
“lost property” means any movable property or cash that has been lost and whose owner is unknown at the time at which it is found;
“national serviceman” means a person who has been directed to present himself for enlistment in the Police Force under the provisions of any written law for the time being in force relating to national service or enlistment;
“owner”, in relation to property or cash, means the person who is entitled to possession of the property or cash;
“Police Force” means the Singapore Police Force established under the repealed Act and continued by this Act;
“police officer” means any member of the Police Force and includes a temporary constable;
“Police Regulations” means regulations made under section 117;
“Public Service Commission” means the Public Service Commission established under the Constitution;
“repealed Act” means the Police Force Act (Cap. 235, 1985 Ed.) repealed by this Act;
“security activity” includes any one or more of the following activities:
(a)
using or bearing arms while acting as a bodyguard or crowd controller;
(b)
using or bearing arms while patrolling, protecting, watching or guarding any property (including cash in transit);
(c)
such activity, or class of activities, that requires the use or bearing of arms and is connected with security or the protection of persons or property as is prescribed in the Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations;
(ca)
the detention or arrest of individuals that police officers or law enforcement officers are authorised under written law to apprehend;
(d)
employing or providing persons to carry on any activity referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c);
“senior police officer” means a police officer of all ranks from and including the Commissioner down to and including an inspector;
“service offence” means —
(a)
in relation to a police officer, an offence punishable under Part III; and
(b)
in relation to a special police officer, an offence punishable under Part VIII;
“share” includes stock except where a distinction between stock and share is expressed or implied;
“Special Constabulary Regulations” means regulations made under section 85;
“special police officer” means a member of the Special Constabulary constituted under Part VIII;
“substantial shareholder” has the meaning prescribed in the Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations;
“unclaimed property” means any lost property that has been in the custody of the Police Force for the period specified in section 108(2) and in relation to which —
(a)
there is no person who appears, to the satisfaction of the Commissioner, to be the owner of the lost property;
(b)
there is such a person but that person has not been located after reasonable inquiry; or
(c)
there is such a person but that person has not exercised his right to recover the lost property;
“volunteer ex-NSman” means a special police officer enrolled under section 68 as a volunteer ex-NSman;
“voting share” has the same meaning as in section 4(1) of the Companies Act (Cap. 50).
(2)  In this Act and any regulations made thereunder, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to any rank of police officer or special police officer shall include a reference to a police officer or special police officer appointed to that rank on a probationary basis.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 2]