The owner of a fruit-and-vegetable stall at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre discovered one morning in January last year that thieves had broken into his safe and made off with around $500,000.
Police officers from the Clementi Police Division scoured hours of blurry closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage for the offenders and trawled Geylang and Marina Bay Sands on foot throughout the day. The two criminals were finally ambushed at a retail outlet in Marina Bay Sands.
Not only was the arrest made just 16 hours after a report was made, the officers also recovered around $400,000 of the stolen money. The two were charged with housebreaking and theft by night and were sentenced to 41/2 years' jail each.
For the speed in solving cases like these and other achievements, the Clementi Police Division was awarded the Best Land Division Award for a record eighth time at the Police Day Observance Ceremony. The division last received the award in 2012.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and National Development Desmond Lee presented the award at the Home Team Academy in a ceremony attended by around 600 police officers yesterday afternoon.
The division has been led by Senior Assistant Commissioner Gerald Lim since 2014 and covers 600,000 residents in an area of around 70 sq km, including Sentosa and Jurong islands.
Mr Lee also presented the Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit Award to the Tanglin Division's police national servicemen. The unit was lauded for its professionalism in anti-theft operations along Orchard Road, as well as in its roles in the Community Engagement Vocation under the SGSecure initiative.
REMEMBERING SERVICE TO COUNTRY
It's very unfortunate that Sergeant Nadzrie just passed away, and there's special poignancy in this year's ceremony... We want to remember him for his service to Singapore.
MR DESMOND LEE, on the Traffic Police officer who was killed while on duty.
Yesterday's ceremony featured a minute of silence and bugle call for late Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin, who was killed in an accident last Thursday while on duty as a Traffic Police officer. Mr Lee, in an interview yesterday, said: "It's very unfortunate that Sergeant Nadzrie just passed away, and there's special poignancy in this year's ceremony. We want to remember him for his service to Singapore."
Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck gave out commendation awards to 150 teams and individuals at the Commissioner of Police's Commendation Ceremony, also held at the academy yesterday.
The awards recognise consistent good work, meritorious service and outstanding leadership last year.
One of the recipients was the Para-Vets team from the Special Operations Command K-9 Unit. Besides caring for the medical needs of service dogs, the team is also in charge of placing retired service dogs up for adoption.
"It feels good that our work is being acknowledged, especially for a team whose work is more behind the scenes," said Senior Staff Sergeant Jasmine Chan, 31, who is one of the six members of the team. "Knowing our work is important, we are motivated to continue to do what is best for K-9 and the Singapore Police Force."