Melvin Yong on Police Force (Amendment) Bill
03 Aug 2021 12:36pm
Providing Commercial Affairs Officers with the power to arrest, enter a place to investigate and requiring suspects to attend court is a "significant extension" of police powers to civilian officers, said MP Melvin Yong. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 3), he said the additional powers also come with increased risks. He asked if there is a need for them to be armed for protection, learn defence tactics and pass physical proficiency tests to better carry out their duties. He also called for more to be done to better deploy National Service personnel in the police force.