Rapid Deployment Troops begin operation trials from Monday; public advised not to be alarmed

The Rapid Deployment Troops are equipped with tactical response motorcycles to navigate through traffic gridlocks.
The Rapid Deployment Troops are equipped with tactical response motorcycles to navigate through traffic gridlocks. PHOTO: SPF/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The police has advised the public not to be alarmed when they come across Rapid Deployment Troops (RDTs) as they undergo operation trials from Monday (July 11).

The formation of the RDTs, which come under the police's elite Special Operations Command, was announced by Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam in April.

The initiative is part of measures to strengthen the Police Force's anti-terrorism capabilities and to better deal with public order incidents.

 

The RDTs will serve as the Home Team's second wave of response, in support of the first wave by police's Emergency Response Teams, and Land Division officers.

The RDT will be equipped with tactical response motorcycles to navigate through traffic gridlocks and reach incident sites quickly. They will be making use of these motorcycles as they respond to training scenarios.

They will also be fully equipped with operational gear and weapons.

In a statement on Saturday, the police said: "The public are advised not to be alarmed when they come across the movement of the RDTs on the roads."