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Tighter security all around

ON THE GROUND: The number of patrolling police officers has gone up by 20 to 30 officers every weekend. TNP PHOTO: JEREMY LONG

Lights...

At Little India:

  • Additional lighting now being installed in 44 locations.

At Geylang:

  • Street lighting at 36 back alleys will be enhanced.

Camera...

At Little India:

  • Before the Dec 8 riot, there were 113 police cameras in public areas and HDB blocks in Little India. Now, there are 250 police cameras and all 41 HDB blocks in Little India have them.
  • Another 88 cameras in public areas at Little India will be installed by December next year.

At Geylang:

  • By 2016, 252 more cameras will be installed in Geylang, adding to the 47 existing ones.

In Singapore:

  • By 2016, all 10,000 HDB blocks will have police cameras. There are now 18,000 cameras at 3,300 HDB void decks and multi-storey carparks.
  • Police trials for body-worn and vehicle-mounted cameras are underway. All their fast response cars will be equipped with cameras by the end of next year.
  • New command, control and communications capabilities will be implemented by the end of the year. Comprising a new combined operations room and advanced communications, imaging and mobile computing technology, front-line officers will be able to build a better picture of the ground situation, especially in rapidly changing scenarios.

Action...

At Little India:

  • Since the riot, the number of patrolling police officers has gone up by 20 to 30 officers every weekend.
  • A dedicated Special Operations Command (SOC) troop has been deployed there every weekend.
  • The police are looking at increasing the number of auxiliary police officers (Apos) and private security officers in Little India from 81 to 93 officers.
  • 172 individuals were found consuming alcohol in public during prohibited hours and have been issued with police advisories since April, when the Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Act was passed.
  • Legislation related to alcohol restrictions in Little India will be introduced within the next six months.

At Geylang:

  • There will be stricter enforcement of licensing and parking rules.

In Singapore:

  • The total number of SOC troopers will be doubled with 300 more officers over the next two to three years.
  • There will be 12 SOC troops with 44 men each - up from the eight SOC troops with 35 men each that the police have now.
  • At any one time, there will be three SOC troops on standby duty, as opposed to the two now.

Also...

At Little India:

  • The grass patch at Tekka Lane has been paved over with concrete. Similar works are ongoing for a 10m-wide strip of the field next to Hampshire Road for use as a passenger waiting area for bus services to Little India.
  • Permanent shelters and queue heads will be provided by the first quarter of next year.
  • Traffic management: Since June 8, Lembu Road has been closed to vehicles every Sunday from noon to midnight. Campbell Lane will be converted into a pedestrian mall by the first quarter of next year. Two new traffic lights will be installed along Serangoon Road.

In other parts of Singapore:

  • New dormitories with self-contained housing facilities, such as mini-marts and Internet access, will reduce the need for foreign workers to travel far for basic services.
  • The Ministry of Manpower will also be establishing a regulatory framework for large foreign worker dormitories.