MP Carrie Tan’s views on MHA’s Committee of Supply Debate 2022
SPF faces manpower shortages, alongside many organizations, given the slowdown in workforce growth. Because of this, some incidents reported by citizens may at times be de-prioritized, when police are busy tending to more urgent cases such as those involving risk of physical harm or serious crimes.
Yet, cases of neighbourly disputes, harassment and disturbances at night such as drunken merrymaking at HDB void decks close can escalate quickly. These incidents grate on over-stressed nerves, disrupt peace, and affect residents’ rest and psychological health. Often, citizens plagued with these troubles look to our police for help.
SPF’s efforts to complement its manpower through community policing are good – it helps to add resources and build trust between the police and the neighbourhoods they serve. Yet it seems inadequate at the moment.
What are SPF’s plans for community policing, so there can be adequate attention to citizens when they face troubles that threaten their sense of well-being and peace?