Crime situation in Singapore
An island city-state in Southeast Asia, Singapore sits on a maritime, land and air crossroads between Asia and the Pacific. This geographic location and the fact that Singapore is one of the world’s leading economies make the country potentially attractive to local, regional and global organized crime groups.
With one of the world's fastest internet connections, Singapore enjoys very high online activity. The threat of cybercrime is on the increase, particularly identity theft, online scams, phone scams and voice-phishing.
The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Singapore fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.
INTERPOL in Singapore
Singapore’s NCB sits in the International Cooperation Department (ICD), Singapore’s main law enforcement branch for global police cooperation. ICD is a key part of the Singapore Police Force (SPF).
The NCB is Singapore’s gateway for the exchange of law enforcement information and intelligence. It facilitates cooperation between national agencies and the INTERPOL police community at large.
The Singapore NCB takes part regularly in global INTERPOL-led operations in the region, supporting efforts to tackle terrorism, organized and transnational crime.
National law enforcement
It is the vision of the SPF to make Singapore the safest country in the world, and to contribute towards continued national security and success.
SPF is in charge of law and order, criminal investigations, counter terrorism and community policing.
SPF is one of the Home Team Departments (HTDs) under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Other HTDs include the Civil Defence Force, Internal Security Department, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Central Narcotics Bureau, Prison Services and Home Team Academy.