SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM MR DESMOND TAN, MINISTER OF STATE, MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS AND MINISTRY OF SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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Security Officers’ Day is celebrated on 24 July annually. It is a meaningful day to honour Security Officers for their contributions and dedication to their duty.

 

Security Officers play an important role in ensuring the safety and security of the premises where they are deployed. They are vital partners of the Home Team.

 

Security Officer Raihan and Senior Security Officer (SSO) Thinagaran, are two Security Officer Day Award recipients who have assisted Home Team Departments in swift detection and detainment of offenders.

 

Security Officer Raihan, who is deployed for vehicle screening at Tuas Checkpoint, has been consistently vigilant and prompt in referring anomalies to the ICA for their follow-up. SSO Thinagaran, meanwhile, is known for his quick thinking and ability to leverage technology. In one incident, he used an integrated security system to assist the Home Team in the swift identification and detainment of two individuals for unauthorised possession and consumption of controlled drugs. These are commendable efforts in supporting the Home Team’s mission of keeping Singapore safe and secure.

 

I am glad that we have found ways to honour exemplary Security Officers through the Security Officer Day Awards. These awards serve as recognition for their service, and I have no doubt will strengthen their dedication to their duty. My warmest congratulations to all the Award winners!

 

We must, and we will, continue to do more to care for the well-being and safety of our Security Officers. Most members of the public are co-operative and appreciative of the roles of Security Officers. But there is small minority who are non-compliant. In the current COVID-19 situation for example, Security Officers have often been called in to deal with situations relating to safe management measures. Some of these incidents can be tense, and it is imperative to ensure Security Officers feel protected and have a safe environment when performing their duties.

 

MHA takes a very serious view on the abuse of Security Officers, and will be making legislative amendments later this year to enhance protection for Security Officers executing their duties. The intent of the amendments is to address the common types of verbal and physical abuse which Security Officers face when carrying out their duties.

 

I would like to thank our industry partners, Security Association Singapore (SAS), Association of Certified Security Agencies (ACSA) and Union of Security Employees (USE), for their strong support and constructive feedback on initiatives to better protect and care for our Security Officers.

 

On 9 July 2021, I launched the refreshed Anti-Abuse Decal for Security Officers together with USE, SAS and ACSA. The Anti-Abuse Decal now has MHA’s logo to add weight towards the security industry’s tough stance against the abuse of Security Officers. 

 

The industry associations and USE have also stepped up to ensure adequate support is in place for Security Officers when they face abuse. These include provision of pro-bono legal counsel to aggrieved Security Officers and a soon-to-be launched mobile application for Security Officers to report abuse. These efforts will undoubtedly provide Security Officers with the assurance that they have strong support from industry partners.

 

MHA remains committed to work closely with industry partners on uplifting the security industry and improving Security Officers’ welfare.

 

Let us continue to work together for the safety and security of Singapore!

 

 

24 July 2021