Police Force Act

(Original Enactment: Act 24 of 2004)

(31st January 2006)
An Act relating to the Singapore Police Force and to provide for its organisation and discipline and other related matters.
[12th October 2004]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Police Force Act.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 1]
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“arms” includes firearm;
“arrangement” includes any formal or informal scheme, arrangement or understanding, and any trust whether express or implied;
“Auxiliary Police Force” means any force created under Part IX;
“Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations” means regulations made under section 104;
“auxiliary police officer” means a person appointed as such under Part IX;
“commanding officer” means any police officer not below the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Commander, Training Command or any police officer lawfully acting in any of these appointments;
“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Police appointed under section 6(1);
“committee of inquiry” means a committee of inquiry established under Part IV;
“constable” means a police officer below the rank of lance corporal;
“Deputy Commissioner” means the Deputy Commissioner of Police;
“detention barrack” means any building or part thereof set aside by the Commissioner for the purpose of persons serving any sentence of detention under this Act;
“disciplinary offence” means a service offence specified in the Schedule;
“disciplinary officer” means —
(a)in relation to a police officer, a commanding officer or any other officer authorised by a commanding officer to conduct disciplinary proceedings under Part III in relation to disciplinary offences committed by police officers below the rank of inspector; and
(b)in relation to a special police officer, the relevant disciplinary officer specified in section 81(1) or 82(1), as the case may be;
“inspector” means an inspector of police of whatever grade from and including a chief inspector down to and including a probationary inspector;
“national serviceman” means a person who has been directed to present himself for enlistment in the Police Force under the provisions of any written law for the time being in force relating to national service or enlistment;
“Police Force” means the Singapore Police Force established under the repealed Act and continued by this Act;
“police officer” means any member of the Police Force and includes a temporary constable;
“Police Regulations” means regulations made under section 117;
“Public Service Commission” means the Public Service Commission established under the Constitution;
“repealed Act” means the Police Force Act (Cap. 235, 1985 Ed.) repealed by this Act;
“security activity” includes any one or more of the following activities:
(a)using or bearing arms while acting as a bodyguard or crowd controller;
(b)using or bearing arms while patrolling, protecting, watching or guarding any property (including cash in transit);
(c)such activity, or class of activities, that requires the use or bearing of arms and is connected with security or the protection of persons or property as is prescribed in the Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations;
(d)employing or providing persons to carry on any activity referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c);
“senior police officer” means a police officer of all ranks from and including the Commissioner down to and including an inspector;
“service offence” means —
(a)in relation to a police officer, an offence punishable under Part III; and
(b)in relation to a special police officer, an offence punishable under Part VIII;
“share” includes stock except where a distinction between stock and share is expressed or implied;
“Special Constabulary Regulations” means regulations made under section 85;
“special police officer” means a member of the Special Constabulary constituted under Part VIII;
“substantial shareholder” has the meaning prescribed in the Auxiliary Police Forces Regulations;
“voting share” has the same meaning as in section 4(1) of the Companies Act (Cap. 50).
(2)  In this Act and any regulations made thereunder, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to any rank of police officer or special police officer shall include a reference to a police officer or special police officer appointed to that rank on a probationary basis.
[Police Force 1985 Ed., s. 2]