The Lives They Live

No retirement for veteran investigator

Mr Lee Swee Thin retired as a police superintendent in 2004 but was rehired as a consultant. In 2012, he decided to set up a firm to train government officials on investigation methods. (Top) Mr Lee with two commendation certificates that he received
Mr Lee Swee Thin retired as a police superintendent in 2004 but was rehired as a consultant. In 2012, he decided to set up a firm to train government officials on investigation methods. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Mr Lee Swee Thin retired as a police superintendent in 2004 but was rehired as a consultant. In 2012, he decided to set up a firm to train government officials on investigation methods. (Top) Mr Lee with two commendation certificates that he received
Mr Lee with two commendation certificates that he received from the police commissioner for cracking two major cases with his colleagues in the 70s. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Mr Lee Swee Thin retired as a police superintendent in 2004 but was rehired as a consultant. In 2012, he decided to set up a firm to train government officials on investigation methods. (Top) Mr Lee with two commendation certificates that he received
(Above) Mr Lee getting a National Day medal from then President Wee Kim Wee in 1991.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

While the pioneer leaders were the original architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series, The Lives They Live.

Mr Lee Swee Thin's life revolved around police and criminals.

The 73-year-old grew up in a neighbourhood controlled by gangsters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2018, with the headline 'No retirement for veteran investigator'. Print Edition | Subscribe