23 SCDF officers in 'wrecked' dorm video face disciplinary action

Screen grab shows an Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel smoking in the bunk while others were seen carrying cigarettes. In the one-minute clip uploaded to Facebook, SCDF personnel can be seen in the dormitory surrounded by upturned bed fr
Screen grab shows an Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel smoking in the bunk while others were seen carrying cigarettes. In the one-minute clip uploaded to Facebook, SCDF personnel can be seen in the dormitory surrounded by upturned bed frames and mattresses, with belongings strewn all over the floor. PHOTO: SCDF

SINGAPORE- Twenty-three Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers who were involved in misbehaving and damaging property in a dormitory at the Civil Defence Academy are facing disciplinary action.

Their antics were captured in two video clips posted on social media in April, which went viral.

The SCDF said in a statement on Friday (June 26) that investigations into the videos found that nine regular and 14 National Service Full-time (NSF) officers were involved, to varying degrees, in the incident on April 24 this year.

The nine regulars are facing civil service disciplinary action and are liable for punishments ranging from letter of warning to dismissal, depending on the extent of their involvement in the incident.

The 14 NSFs have been charged under the Civil Defence Act and are liable for punishments ranging from a fine to detention and demotion.

In addition to the 23 officers who face disciplinary action, five other SCDF regular officers with supervisory roles face letters of warning or advice, the SCDF said.

One of the videos, which was uploaded onto Facebook by a user named Han Din on April 27, showed the group in a messy room with toppled bedframes and cupboards.

Cupboards, bedframes, mattresses and other items were also strewn at a corner of the room. One SCDF personnel could be seen pouring liquid from a packet onto the floor, before flinging the packet onto the mess.

Shortly after, another officer, dressed in a black T-shirt and brown shorts, picked up an ironing board and flung it onto the floor. Some were smoking in the dormitory, which is an offence.

"It's the last day, man, look at the dorm. It's a ruckus, it's a ruckus - the dorm is in a ruckus, man," the person filming the dormitory could be heard saying.

The video has since been taken down.

The SCDF statement on Friday said: "The SCDF deeply regrets the misconduct of our officers and takes a very serious view of it. Such behaviour does not reflect the culture and discipline expected of all SCDF officers."

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