Police Special Operations Command celebrates 60 years in action

Police Special Operations Command celebrates 60 years in action

SINGAPORE - Some 400 guests attended the parade, including senior management from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police, external stakeholders, strategic partners and attaches from various embassies. The event's guest-of-honour was Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and 2nd Minister for Home Affairs and Ministry of Trade and Industry.


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Here is the full statement from the Singapore Police Force:

From its humble beginnings as the Riot Squad dating back to June 1952 in the wake of the Maria Hertogh racial riots, the Special Operations Command (SOC) of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has grown from strength to strength over the course of six decades to meet the needs of the changing operating environment in Singapore. SOC now comprises various specialised units, including the Police Tactical Unit (PTT), Police Dog Unit (Police K-9 unit), the Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) unit, the United Nations Peace Keeping Force (UNPKF) and the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU).

To commemorate its 60th anniversary, SOC held a parade at its Queensway Base on 11 October 2013. The Guest of Honour was Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry. A total of 400 guests attended the parade. They include senior management from both the Ministry of Home Affairs and SPF, external stakeholders, strategic partners and attachés from various embassies.

The parade was led by Commanding Officer of the Police K-9 Unit, Superintendent of Police Koh Lye Meng. SUPT Koh was also the parade commander when at the SOC Golden Jubilee a decade ago. The five marching contingents comprised 160 officers from the various SOC sub-units, namely, the Police Tactical Unit, Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) Unit, Police K-9 Unit, United Nations Peace Keeping Force and the Crisis Negotiation Unit. The mobile column feature SOC vehicles.

A reception was held following the parade.

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