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Auxiliary police officer patrols to be improved

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:47 AM
Supt Ho says that since last year, APO patrols have started at 10am instead of 4pm, following residents' feedback. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A senior police officer has pledged to "constantly review and improve on" a system of auxiliary police officer (APO) patrols in Little India in the wake of the Dec 8 riot.

Feedback on the patrols has been positive since they began in 2008 in a tie-up with the Singapore Police Force, the inquiry into the riot heard yesterday.

The aim was to manage anti-social behaviour among foreign workers and to reinforce a uniformed police presence. But faced with complaints following the riot that the system is ineffective, Superintendent Victor Ho, 38, told the Committee of Inquiry (COI) yesterday he will "constantly review and improve on" the system.

This relates to matters such as the timing and location where these APOs are deployed, as well as how they handle incidents.

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