Teenagers aged 17 and 18 arrested for impersonating police officers

The teens were arrested after the police received a report of a group of young men claiming to be police officers and seeking donations from the public.
The teens were arrested after the police received a report of a group of young men claiming to be police officers and seeking donations from the public.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two teenagers have been arrested for impersonating police officers and using aggressive tactics to get donations from the public, the police said in a news release on Monday (April 10).

The two men, aged 17 and 18, were arrested on Sunday (April 9) by officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division.

The police had on Thursday (April 6) received a report of a group of young men claiming to be police officers and seeking donations from the public.

If found guilty of impersonating a public servant, the teenagers could be jailed for up to two years and fined.

A person convicted of soliciting donations without a valid licence can be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed up to two years.

 

The police in their release reminded the public to be vigilant and wary of people who impersonate police officers.

When in doubt, ask for the officer's warrant card to verify his identity before complying with any instructions he may provide.

A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

When tilted at an angle, the holographic word "Police" will appear below the officer's photograph.

If unsure of a police officer's credibility, call 999 for assistance.

Police investigations are ongoing.