Singapore Police's Special Operations Command marks 60th anniversary
The Special Operations Command (SOC) of the Singapore Police Force celebrated its 60th anniversary with a parade at its Queensway base yesterday.
Some 400 guests attended the parade, including Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee and senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police, external stakeholders, strategic partners and attaches from various embassies.
The event's guest-of-honour was Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry.
The SOC began as the Riot Squad back in June 1952, which was set up in the wake of the Maria Hertogh racial riots. It was then a single squad of 60 personnel from various races, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police J. H. Davies.