Police posts without policemen

Police posts without policemen

Call it the Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP) that never sleeps.

At the unmanned NPP, residents can make police reports, apply for a Singapore passport and drop off any found items - all without a police officer on site.

And for the first time, they can perform e-services 24 hours a day.

Yesterday, Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran marked the opening of three of these pilot police posts - at West Coast, Radin Mas and Marsiling.

The new-look NPPs are the latest initiative under the Community Policing System - a police strategy that banks on technology "to enhance police operational effectiveness", said Mr Iswaran, who is also an MP for West Coast GRC. Why unmanned?

One advantage the new NPPs provide is that they help free up manpower.

More officers can then be deployed for patrols or be stationed at their respective Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs), says a police spokesman.

And if residents encounter any difficulties operating the e-service machines, a police officer is always contactable via the video conferencing function and a nearby landline phone.

Grassroots volunteers like Mr Thomas Lim, 60, are also on hand to guide residents with the e-services during peak hours. He says: "The revamped NPPs work (along) the same concept as a bank's automatic tellers. It's a new challenge for the grassroots, but we hope... people will use the NPPs' services."

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