SINGAPORE - A 20-year-old man who claimed he was a police officer in a dispute with a group of women at Pasir Ris Park over the Hari Raya long weekend is not from the Singapore Police Force.
The police clarified this in a statement to The Straits Times on Friday (June 22), in response to a video posted online where the man could be heard chiding the women and saying that he could "bring (them) into the jail".
In the video, he claimed several times that he was a police officer.
"The police have established that the man in the video is not an officer from the Singapore Police Force," the police said.
They added that the man is currently assisting in investigations.
ST understands that the incident happened at a barbecue area in Pasir Ris Park on June 17.
In the video, the man appeared to have confronted the women - believed to be maids - for drinking at night.
The police reminded the public in their statement to be vigilant and wary of people who may impersonate police officers to facilitate the commission of their criminal acts.
And if in doubt, the public should request for the police officer's warrant card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions.
A genuine warrant card has identification features, such as the police crest, the officer's photo, his name and NRIC number.
In addition, when the card is tilted at an angle, the holographic word "POLICE" will also appear below the officer's photograph.
Those who are still unsure of a person's credibility as a police officer should call 999 for assistance.
Anyone found guilty of impersonating a public servant may face a maximum jail term of two years and a fine.