23 Jun '11, 3am

Spokesman clarifies police's role in bomb disposal and public safety.

WE REFER to yesterday's letters by Mr Heng Teck Seng ('Shocked: So if I find a bomb in my garden, does that mean I can't call the police and it becomes my responsibility?') and Mr Lau Jiamin ('Disturbed by police stance after 'bomb' find'; Forum Online). The police would like to assure the public that we are responsible for ensuring public safety wherever the threat may be found. When a suspected bomb is found, whether on public or private property, the police should be informed immediately. In the case at Sungei Kadut, the police responded to the call, secured the site, and contacted the Singapore Armed Forces' Chemical Biological Radiological and Explosives Defence Group (CBRE) for expert assistance. The police do not have a bomb disposal capability and relies on CBRE. When CBRE's expert assessment was that the relic did not pose an imminent threat to public safety and c...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_682931...

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