Islandwide patrols as mock 'high alert' terror scenario unfolds

A joint patrol by members of the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Armed Forces outside the Marina Bay Financial Centre, as part of a counter-terrorism exercise, on Oct 17, 2016.
A joint patrol by members of the Singapore Police Force and Singapore Armed Forces outside the Marina Bay Financial Centre, as part of a counter-terrorism exercise, on Oct 17, 2016.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
SAF personnel going through a refresher course on how to search and arrest a suspect, as part of an islandwide counter-terrorism exercise, at Lim Chu Kang Camp on Oct 17, 2016.
SAF personnel going through a refresher course on how to search and arrest a suspect, as part of an islandwide counter-terrorism exercise, at Lim Chu Kang Camp on Oct 17, 2016.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
SAF personnel going through a refresher course on the use of batons, as part of an islandwide counter-terrorism exercise, at Lim Chu Kang Camp on Oct 17, 2016.
SAF personnel going through a refresher course on the use of batons, as part of an islandwide counter-terrorism exercise, at Lim Chu Kang Camp on Oct 17, 2016.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Armed police officers and soldiers will be prowling Marina Bay Financial Centre and the Jurong East heartland on Monday (Oct 17), on high alert for suspicious activities.

The joint patrols are in response to a simulated terror situation, following "bomb attacks" in the region pointing to an imminent terror threat here.

They are part of an islandwide counter terror exercise led by the police, and is also the largest multi-agency terror exercise here to date.

The exercise involves more than 3,200 personnel from the police, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and other Home Team agencies. It is also the first of its kind to include pre-attack security measures such as deterrence patrols, on top of simulated attacks.

It is being carried out on Monday, and will run until the early hours of Tuesday morning (Oct 18) in two phases, to test the readiness and emergency response of various key agencies here.

Following a "raised terror level", SAF soldiers were activated at 10am on Monday as part of the exercise, equipped with load bearing vests and SAR 21 assault rifles, before they were deployed for patrols as part of the Island Defence Task Force (IDTF).

At Lim Chu Kang Camp I, refresher training for activated soldiers of the 4th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (4SIR), included search and arrest skills, baton drills and the rules of engagement.

Police officers, together with the Island Defence Task Force, then began patrols over 360 locations islandwide, such as public transport nodes, shopping malls, residential areas and immigration checkpoints. These police officers include those from the Special Operations Command and the new Emergency Response Teams formed in June.

At about 4.30pm on Monday, SAF's Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle and the police's Fast Response Cars will arrive at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. Officerswill patrol in teams of three, comprising a police officer and two SAF officers, before moving onto a different location.

Later at Jurong East MRT station at about 6pm, officers will also be seen patrolling the area and nearby shopping malls JEM and Westgate, as part of heightened security measures in the heartland.