There has been recent debate over the suggestion that the Home Team recruit non-Singaporeans as police officers, to make up for the manpower shortage.
It is good that we, as a nation, recognise that such a shortage exists. The solution, however, could involve some thinking out of the box.
Should we not consider solutions that leverage the technology available today?
Last month, Time magazine published an article on an autonomous robot designed to detect and monitor criminal activities.
Unlike a human police officer, this robot does not carry a gun, has no racial or national prejudices, can see in 360 degrees in both daylight and darkness, and tracks its surroundings using radar, laser and ultrasonic technology, among other things. It does not replace human police officers, but instead complements them.
I hope the Home Team will seriously look into this and other alternatives, because not all problems can be solved by bringing in more people, especially when we are already bursting at the seams.
Chong Kian Wee
This article was first published on May 25, 2014.
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