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Police and Government Module 602 Comparative Policing Models Singapore Singapore is a country located in South-East Asia it is an island between Malaysia and Indonesia with a population of approximately 3490356 There are four official languages used in Singapore these being Chinese Malay Tamil and English Singapore is a Republic within the Commonwealth and gained its independence from Malaysia on the 9th of August 1965 It is a modern democracy with a unicameral parliament having a president as the head of state The government holds both an Executive and Legislative branch The Executive branch consist of a chief of state President ONG Teng Cheong since 1 September 1993 head of government Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Ministers LEE Hsien Loong and Tony TAN Keng Yam The President appoints the Cabinet they are responsible to the Parliament Elections for president are by popular vote and office is held for a six-year term Following legislative elections the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed Prime Minister by the President so to are the deputy Prime Ministers The Legislative branch is a unicameral Parliament for which members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms There are five major political parties in Singapore however the Peoples Action Party PAP have been in power since Singapores independence No other parties have yet won an election in Singapore A number of strategies involving the civil legal processes bankruptcy and libel have been used to ensure that the opposition parties have remained ineffective The Countrys Police force has come a long way since its foundation in 1819 The Singapore Police Force SPF can be compared to a State Police service within Australia the total strength of the SPF is around 7000 personnel Policing in Singapore is based on the support and trust of the public as the heart of the
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