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Wanted: More women officers in police force

Police to set up Women's Committee to provide more support and boost numbers

Published on Mar 9, 2014 8:10 AM
About 650 women officers, past and present, attended the event celebrating 65 years of women in policing yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

While Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee envisions a day when his job will be done by a woman, he pointed out yesterday that there were currently too few of them in the force.

There are 1,500 policewomen in active service - "making up barely 17 per cent of our force", said Mr Ng. "My hope is that we can reach 20 per cent women soon and, ultimately, have at least a third of all police officers be of the fairer sex."

To help reach the target, he announced at an event celebrating 65 years of women in policing that the Singapore Police Force (SPF) will soon set up a Women's Committee. Led by the highest-ranking policewoman, Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) Zuraidah Abdullah, the committee will comprise members from all ranks and will help the force become an even more "female-friendly organisation".

While there are already flexible work arrangements in place allowing women to work from home, the committee will help to provide "even more support" for women officers, added Mr Ng.

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