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SPF appoints new Commissioner of Police

SINGAPORE — Mr Hoong Wee Teck has taken over command of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) from Mr Ng Joo Hee as the republic’s eighth Commissioner of Police since independence.

SINGAPORE — Mr Hoong Wee Teck has taken over command of the Singapore Police Force (SPF) from Mr Ng Joo Hee as the republic’s eighth Commissioner of Police since independence.

Prior to this, Mr Hoong, 51, was SPF’s Deputy Commissioner (Investigations and Intelligence). He has served 27 years in the SPF and held various leadership appointments, including as Director of the Criminal Investigation Department and Police Intelligence Department.

Said Mr Hoong: “The previous commissioners have done an excellent job in building a strong foundation of professionaliam and community trust.”

Unlike his two predecessors, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police Mr Hoong is not an SPF scholar.

Mr Ng, 48, who has led the SPF for close to five years, will assume two new roles concurrently, as Chief Executive of Public Utilities Board and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, from tomorrow (Jan 6). Mr Ng has served in the SPF for over 29 years.

Under Mr Ng’s leadership, the crime rate in Singapore reached a 30-year low in 2013. During his term, Mr Ng also championed new approaches of tackling unlicensed moneylending and related harassment cases.

Bidding farewell to fellow police officers today, he also encouraged them to stay committed to the policing mission. “Your daily toil will often go unappreciated, but it is the stuff that produces the safety-from-crime that we enjoy every day...you are among the 10,000 that protect the five million.”

1,500 guests, including Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr Leo Yip, attended the change of command parade held at Home Team Academy this evening (Jan 5).

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