SCDF to punish 23 officers in dorm-trashing video

SINGAPORE - The 23 Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers who damaged their dormitory room in April this year are facing disciplinary actions ranging from letters of warning to detention and dismissal.

In addition, another five SCDF regular officers with supervisory roles in the 20th Section Commander Course (SCC) will likely receive letters of warning or advice.

SCDF said on Friday evening that it had completed investigations into the case of two online video clips showing the SCDF officers misbehaving and trashing their dorm room.

The video clips showed several SCDF officers from the 20th SCC damaging property in a dormitory at the Civil Defence Academy on April 24.

SCDF investigations found that nine regular and 14 National Service Full-time (NSF) officers were involved to varying degrees, in the incident.

The nine regulars are facing civil service disciplinary actions and are liable for punishments ranging from letters of warning to dismissal, depending on the extent of their involvement in the incident.

The 14 NSFs have been charged under the Civil Defence Act and could be demoted, fined, or sentenced to detention.

SCDF said in a statement that the behaviour shown on the videos, which went viral, does not reflect the culture and discipline expected of all its officers.

"We expect all SCDF officers, whether regular officers, NSFs or NSmen, to demonstrate exemplary personal and professional conduct in line with our core values of pride and care."