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For safety and security

At the Committee of Supply debate yesterday, the Ministry of Home Affairs outlined plans for ensuring that Singapore maintains its high level of safety and security.

The republic was ranked top for personal safety by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Safe Cities Index 2015, which measures crime, police engagement and perception of safety.

Here are some of the plans:

AEDS AT HDB BLOCKS

In a pilot programme in six neighbourhoods - Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Choa Chu Kang, Pasir Ris West, Radin Mas and Tampines West - there will be an automated external defibrillator (AED) at a lift lobby of every two or three blocks.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, there will be a pool of community responders who will be trained to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operate the AED.

CHECKPOINT SECURITY

  • More than 1,000 additional closed-circuit television cameras will be installed at Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints by June 2017 for greater coverage.
  • All 164 motorcycle counters at the two checkpoints will also be automated by the end of next year, from the 43 available now.
  • The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority will conduct a trial at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to capture the fingerprints of all arriving persons from next month.

MORE OFFICERS

Over the next five years, there will be 2,000 more officers for the Home Team, to cope with increasing traveller volumes, boost frontline policing and emergency medical services, and improve response to public order incidents and fires.

The Special Operations Command will also be expanded, with about 150 more officers by the end of this year.