On the front line to keep travellers safe

ICA's First Response Team quick to deal with emergencies, suspects at checkpoints

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's First Response Team officers are trained to deal with terror threats. The Straits Times joined one team last Friday (May 3) during a hostage drill.
Sergeant Salehudin Samsudin (left) has to be alert at all times. Recently, he spotted a suspicious-looking man who turned out to be travelling under multiple identities.
Sergeant Salehudin Samsudin (above) has to be alert at all times. Recently, he spotted a suspicious-looking man who turned out to be travelling under multiple identities.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF
Sergeant Salehudin Samsudin (left) has to be alert at all times. Recently, he spotted a suspicious-looking man who turned out to be travelling under multiple identities.
First Response Team officers (above) ordering a "gunman" to surrender in a terror drill before subduing him and ensuring the safety of his "victim".ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF
First Response Team officers (top) ordering a "gunman" to surrender in a terror drill before subduing him and ensuring the safety of his "victim" (above).
First Response Team officers ordering a "gunman" to surrender in a terror drill before subduing him and ensuring the safety of his "victim" (above).ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

To most travellers, sergeants Salehudin Samsudin and Loo Jie Ying look like regular Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers in their uniform.

But both are part of ICA's First Response Team (FRT) and are each equipped with a live-stream body camera, a unified handset, a Global Positioning System tracker and a Taurus revolver.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2019, with the headline 'On the front line to keep travellers safe'. Subscribe