30 Apr '16, 12pm

Counter-terrorism teams to patrol "soft target" sites in Singapore such as malls, stadiums

Counter-terrorism teams to patrol "soft target" sites in Singapore such as malls, stadiums

SINGAPORE: New emergency response teams (ERTs) to handle terrorism threats will be rolled out from June 2016, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Friday (Apr 29). This is part of the SPF's efforts to combat terrorism, in light of terror-related incidents in Jakarta and Paris. Speaking at the SPF's annual Workplan Seminar at the Home Team Academy in Choa Chu Kang, the police said that the ERTs will comprise of officers who are specially trained with counter-assault skills and better-equipped to deal with such attacks. These officers will be taken from existing police divisions and will patrol "soft target" sites , such as shopping malls and stadiums, daily. Emergency Response Team officers (Photo: SPF) Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said during the seminar: "Importantly, the ERTs will be present on the ground where they will go on daily patrol on the streets. They w...

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