THE traffic and airport police divisions appointed two new heads at change-of-command ceremonies yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner (AC) Sam Tee, who was the airport police chief, moved to head the Traffic Police. Before his new appointment, the 44-year-old handed over his sword of command in a symbolic gesture to Senior Assistant Commissioner Zuraidah Abdullah, 52, at the airport police branch in Changi.
Senior AC Zuraidah is the airport police division's first female commander. She is also the highest- ranked policewoman. She previously headed the Police Training Command and was deputy chief executive of the Home Team Academy.
Of his tenure, AC Tee said "crime at the airport remained low, despite the growth in passenger and cargo volumes". One of his recent tasks was to review security measures in the wake of Malaysia Airlines MH370's disappearance in March.
At the Traffic Police, he replaces AC Cheang Keng Keong, 47, who will take over as director of the police logistics department next month.
AC Tee has fulfilled a number of roles including as deputy commander of Clementi police division and deputy commander of the Police Coast Guard.
He said: "I'll be leaving (airport police division) with many fond memories and great friendships."
On his new appointment, he said: "I strongly believe that our road traffic situation can improve with fewer deaths on the road... I will continue to work with the community and strategic partners to enhance the road safety consciousness of all road users."
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