Giving security officers peace of mind, despite the penalties

Security officers now face possible jail terms and fines if caught sleeping on the job or breaking the rules. Their vital role may justify these penalties, but more can be done to help them do their job better and to keep Singapore safe.

For most jobs, when an employee commits lapses such as sleeping while he's on duty or turning up drunk, investigations are likely to be conducted internally to determine the appropriate punishment, if necessary.

For professionals like lawyers and medical practitioners, they, too, have industry councils to probe errant behaviour and mete out punishments such as warnings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Giving security officers peace of mind, despite the penalties'. Print Edition | Subscribe