Harsher punishment for security officers who sleep on the job, act unprofessionally from Jan 1

Private security officers who act in an unprofessional manner can be punished by fines, jail or both, beginning from Jan 1, 2019.
Private security officers who act in an unprofessional manner can be punished by fines, jail or both, beginning from Jan 1, 2019.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Private security officers who slack off, sleep on the job or come to work drunk can face tougher punishment from next year, as the police strengthen penalties for errant behaviour to boost the industry's professionalism and bolster Singapore's defences.

From Jan 1, officers who display errant behaviour can be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both, The Straits Times has learnt.

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