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Divisional police HQ for Woodlands

The redesigned police posts will be piloted at Marsiling, West Coast and Radin Mas. -TNP

Mon, May 06, 2013
The New Paper

SINGAPORE - The police will set up a new divisional headquarters in Woodlands.

Over the next five years, new neighbourhood police centres will also open in Geylang and Bidadari. The latter is expected to serve the Bartley area, as well as the upcoming Bidadari estate.

These new facilities will make faster responses possible and increase their presence, the police said yesterday.

This year will also see the expansion of the Community Policing System (Cops), it was revealed at the annual police workplan seminar.

The scheme, which started last year, involves officers conducting foot and bicycle patrols to engage the community more actively.

It will be extended to 12 more neighbourhood police centres: Ang Mo Kio South, Bedok North, Jurong East, Jurong West, Nanyang, Rochor, Changi, Choa Chu Kang, Geylang, Hougang, Pasir Ris and Toa Payoh.

For this, at least 450 more recruits will have to be hired, along with some 600 officers being moved from other police units.

The police said they will harness technology to redesign neighbourhood police posts and provide automated services round the clock.

This will free up officers to perform other policing duties so that the force can fight crime more effectively, the police said.

The redesigned police posts will be piloted at Marsiling, West Coast and Radin Mas in the second half of this year.

Revamped electronic police centre services were also showed off on Friday, following a soft launch on April 1.

The features include online filing of police reports and CrimeStopper, which allows members of the public to report any details of a suspected crime.

For potential buyers of second-hand products who are uncertain about their origins, the police will also launch a Stolen and Lost Property Index. This will allow members of the public to search for selected serialised items.

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