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Singapore to have new Commissioner of Police next year

Singapore will have a new Commissioner of Police early next year.

Mr Hoong Wee Teck, 51, who has served 27 years in the police force, will be appointed to the position on Jan 6.

He will be taking over from Mr Ng Joo Hee, 48, who has helmed the Singapore Police Force (SPF) for close to five years.

Mr Ng will be appointed Chief Executive of the Public Utilities Board, and Deputy Secretary (Special Duties) of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources on the same date.

During his term as Commissioner, the crime rate in Singapore reached a 30-year low last year, stated a press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

"Mr Ng has provided strong leadership in reshaping SPF’s strategies and putting in place systemic approaches in community policing, tackling unlicensed money lending and related harassment cases, as well as technology to facilitate policing," it said.

Mr Hoong is currently the Deputy Commissioner (Investigations and Intelligence) and Director of the Criminal Investigation Department.

He has held key appointments in the police force including Commander of Bedok Police Division and Director of police intelligence.

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