Police Force (Amendment) Bill

Bill No. 33/1974

Read the first time on 23rd October 1974.
An Act to amend the Police Force Act (Chapter 78 of the Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows: —
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Police Force (Amendment) Act, 1974.
Repeal and re-enactment of section 28
2.  Section 28 of the Police Force Act is hereby repealed and the following substituted therefor: —
Punishment of inspectors
28.—(1)  Where an inspector is found guilty by a commanding officer or any other officer authorized by Police Regulations to conduct disciplinary proceedings of any of the offences specified in subsection (1) of section 27 of this Act, the Commissioner may order that such inspector be dismissed or retired from the Police Force or may punish him with any of the following punishments: —
(a)reduction in rank or seniority;
(b)deferment or stoppage of increment;
and in lieu of or in addition to any of those punishments may impose a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars and in the case of absence without leave or good cause may order forfeiture of pay for the period of absence or such lesser period as the Commissioner thinks fit.
(2)  An inspector who is aggrieved by a decision of the Commissioner in respect of his dismissal, retirement or reduction in rank may, within thirty days of his being notified of such decision, make application to the Public Service Commission to review the decision of the Commissioner and in every case where an application for review has been made any punishment awarded by the Commissioner shall be suspended pending the determination of the application.
(3)  The Public Service Commission may determine an application for review under subsection (2) of this section in such manner as it thinks fit and may confirm, set aside or vary the decision of the Commissioner.
(4)  Where an inspector is ordered to be retired under this section his service shall, for the purposes of the Pensions Act (Cap. 55), be deemed to have been terminated on the ground referred to in section 8 of that Act.”.
New section 28A
3.  The Police Force Act is hereby amended by inserting immediately after section 28 thereof the following section: —
Commissioner may refer case to Public Service Commission for determination
28A.—(1)  Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 27 and 28 of this Act and of the Police Regulations, the Commissioner may, if he thinks fit, refer any case where disciplinary proceedings are to be taken against a subordinate officer or an inspector to the Public Service Commission for such case to be dealt with by the Public Service Commission in accordance with the regulations governing disciplinary proceedings in the public service.
(2)  Where any case has been referred to the Public Service Commission under subsection (1) of this section the Commission may order that the subordinate officer or inspector, as the case may be, be dismissed or retired from the Police Force or may punish him with any of the punishments referred to in sections 27 and 28 of this Act.”.