Errant private security officers face stiffer penalties

Private security officers play a key role, as they are often the first line of defence. From Jan 1, security officers who display errant behaviour can be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, o
Private security officers play a key role, as they are often the first line of defence. From Jan 1, security 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.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

From January, those who act unprofessionally or don't do job properly can be fined and jailed

Private security officers who slack off, sleep on the job or come to work drunk will face tougher punishment from next year.

The police have strengthened penalties for such errant behaviour to boost the industry's professionalism and bolster Singapore's defences.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2018, with the headline 'Errant private security officers face stiffer penalties'. Print Edition | Subscribe