List of Singapore police officers killed in the line of duty

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On display at the Police Heritage Centre, are the names of all Singaporean police officers killed in the line of duty since 1900 mounted on a board on the wall behind the statue.

This is a list of police officers from the Singapore Police Force who were killed in the line of duty, based on official records from the year 1900 to date. Line of duty deaths refers to any police officer who has died while carrying out duty which he is obligated and/or authorised to carry out. This would include officers who respond to incidents while off-duty as obligated by the Police Force Act, as well as those commuting to and from their place of duty or training.[1]

The Singapore establishment generally avoids personalising or glorifying acts of personal sacrifice in contemporary Singaporean society, and this applies to the police force as well. There has been no public memorial or monument dedicated to police officer deaths until the opening of the Police Heritage Centre in the Police Headquarters at New Phoenix Park on 15 August 2002,[2] where a Commemorative Gallery features a wall inscribed with the names of all fallen officers. Although open to the public, access to the centre is restricted via an appointment-only policy.[3] There are otherwise no readily accessible published lists of all fallen officers' names whether in print or electronically.

Fallen officers are, however, honoured and commemorated through ceremonies or functions, such as a one-minute silence observed during the annual Police Day Parade.[4] Police funerals featuring a flag draped casket, a three-volley salute, and a procession, amongst other elements, may be organised depending on the circumstance of death. Most funerals in recent years are much simpler affairs, partly as many of these deaths are attributed to accidents, but many of these ceremonies still receive local media coverage. Other ways of commemoration may include posthumous promotions and the awarding of state medals; there has been seven posthumous promotions and two posthumous Police Medal of Valour awardees since the 1990s.

Trends[edit]

Causes of death[edit]

Cause of death 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
to date
Total
to date
Murder/Culpable homicide (with firearms) 6 6 2 3 4 21
Murder/Culpable homicide (with sharp object) 1 1 2 4
Murder/Culpable homicide (with blunt object) 3 3
Murder/Culpable homicide (other/unspecified) 19 1 1 21
Accidental death (traffic accident) 1 4 8 4 8 12 2 39
Accidental death (drowning) 1 3 2 6
Accidental death (weapon mishandling) 2 1 3
Accidental death (Other) 1 1
Natural causes 1 2 1 4
Cause of death not recorded 2 2 8 3 3 6 24
Total 2 2 8 3 31 21 3 16 10 11 15 2 124

Victims' Profile[edit]

The average age of slain police officers is 29.3 years of age, excluding 62 officers whose age were not reported. The highest number of casualties were in the 21–25 age band, making up 31.7% amongst officers whose age were reported, followed closely by those in the 26–30 age band, who make up 28.3%. While relative inexperience may be a factor, the generally young profile of police officers in Singapore and their greater probability of facing operational danger as frontline officers may also contribute to their premature deaths.

Age 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
to date
Total
to date
18-20 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 4
21–25 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 5 7 19
26–30 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 6 2 0 3 18
31–35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 7
36–40 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 4
41–45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 7
46–50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
51–55 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Not reported 2 2 8 3 26 15 0 3 2 1 0 62

The ethnic profile of police officers has been traditionally disproportionate compared to the national ethnic profile, with a significantly higher proportion of ethnic Malays especially in the earlier decades. However, the number of casualties involving ethnic Chinese police officers are statistically higher overall due in part to the high mortality rates involving the ethnic Chinese community during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore in the 1940s, and they make up 60.7% of total deaths.

Ethnicity 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
to date
Total
to date
Chinese 2 2 5 1 25 10 1 10 3 8 7 74
Malay 0 0 1 1 5 9 0 5 4 2 9 36
Indian 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 9
Eurasians/Other 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Rank 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
to date
Total
to date
Vigilante Corp NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0 0 1 0 1
Police Constable1 0 0 3 1 2 8 0 9 7 0 NA 30
Police Constable (VSC)1 NA NA NA NA 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Detective Police Constable1 2 1 5 1 23 6 2 2 0 NA NA 42
Trainee Special Constable 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Special Constable 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Lance Corporal1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Corporal 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 4 1 9
Detective Corporal1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 NA NA 2
Special Constable Corporal NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0 0 1 3 4
Detective Lance Sergeant1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 NA NA 2
Sergeant 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 7
Staff Sergeant 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 5
Senior Staff Sergeant 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Senior Staff Sergeant (VSC) NA NA NA NA 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Station Inspector 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Detective Sub-Inspector1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 NA 2
National Service Probationary Inspector NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 0 0 0 1 1
Inspector 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Assistant Commandant1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 NA 1
Service 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
to date
Total
to date
Regular 2 2 8 3 312 20 3 15 9 9 10 112
Police National Service3 NA NA NA NA NA NA 0 1 1 2 5 9
Volunteer Special Constabulary4 NA NA NA NA 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Notes

Incidents by chronology[edit]

Screenshot showing the body of Lee Kim Lai found on 25 April 1978 in the backseat of a taxi in a re-enactment of his murder on True Files, MediaCorp TV Channel 5. The Chinese subtitle partly translates the English narration, which went "The sentry, Lee, suffered a total of 15 cut and stab wounds, with the fatal wound being a double stab wound in the neck[7]
Actual accident scene in the aftermath of a collision between a police patrol car and a garbage truck on 27 December 2002 along Tanah Merah Ferry Road. Officers SI Ong Kah Kiong Anthony and SC/Cpl Ishak Muhammad Syakir Bin Ishak were killed at scene and their bodies were being examined by police photographers.

The following cases are listed by the date of death, although the incident attributing to death may have occurred earlier. The indicated ranks are as at time of death, and do not include posthumous promotions. Ranks/service numbers are colour-coded based on the cause of death as per the following general classifications. Uncoded entries refer to cases whereby incident details are unknown or unclear:

Key
— denotes information is not available.
  denotes the officer was killed (Murder or Culpable homicide) using firearms.
  denotes the officer was killed (Murder or Culpable homicide) via other means (or where the exact weapon used, if any, was not specified).
  denotes the officer's death was accidental, including those involving a rash or negligent act.
  denotes the officer's death was attributed to natural causes/act of God

1900s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1901 DPC 611 Lim Soo Hay
1901 DPC 392 Lim Ah Koon

1910s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1914 DPC 599 Goh Ah Seng
1919 L/Cpl 042 Yeo Ah Hin

1920s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1921 DPC 092 Teck Chok
1922 DPC 001 Teo Ah Moi
1922 DPC 066 Chong Ah Yong
1923 PC 660 Pir Khan
1925 DPC 079 Paw Peng Seng
1928 PC 300 Abdul Malik
1929 PC 803 Painda Khan
1929 DPC 057 Lam Weng Yuk

1930s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1932 PC 748 Tan Kee Chuan
1934 Insp A. E. Popejoy
1936 DPC 035 Mohamed Ali

1940s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1942 D/SUB-Insp Tan Boo Leng Executed by the Japanese during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore[8]
DPC 001 Quek Ah Kee
DPC 003 Kho Kee Thiam
DPC 019 Lim Ah Kow
DPC 036 Yip Keng Sam
DPC 066 Tan Ah Kee
DPC 086 Tee Boon Hye
DPC 099 Tan Chan
DPC 102 Lim Keng Seng
DPC 104 Sim Kim Hock
DPC 112 Ng Kim Hock
DPC 117 Eng Yong Khoon
D/L/Sgt 135 Chang Hak Joe
DPC 136 Chan Wai Wah
DPC 143 Tay Teng Liong
DPC 169 Low Peng Hai
DPC 179 Tan Sam Tuck
DPC 195 Lim Kian Siong
DPC 4447 Tan Kim Hock
1945 DPC 208 Koh Wan Wee
1945 DPC 170 Soh Chwee Seng
1945 DPC 145 Teo Bah Cheo
1946-03-01 D/L/Sgt 13 Shaik Noor Mohd Was on patrol in Bukit Panjang/Bukit Timah area when he was shot and killed.
1946-10-18 DPC 41 Lee Koh Beng 39 He was on armed mobile patrol when their vehicle chanced upon several men who fled on sight along Middle Road near Queens Street. While jumping off the vehicle, DPC 41 sustained a fatal gunshot wound near his heart and died at the scene.[9] The gunmen escaped,[10] but were apprehended later.
1946-12-21 PC 2444 Abdul Rajis Bin Yusof Drove a police vehicle when it collided with a radio car and crashed into a wall at junction of Arab Street and North Bridge Road.
1947-02-02 DPC 426 Mohamed Bin Che Dol Shot by several gangsters on 1 February 1947 along Cheong Hong Lim Street in Chinatown, and died subsequently in hospital a day later.[11]
1947-06-04 Cpl 2054 Mohamed Gul Marine Cpl 2054, PC 3776 and PC 1315 were on patrol in Police Boat No. 16 when they stopped a boat with ten male Chinese on board in the waters off Beach Road in Kallang Basin. Cpl 2054 boarded the boat alone to check their clearance papers. As it was not in order, he asked the crew to return to port. Gunshots were heard before he could finish, and he was not heard of since, believed to be killed and his body dumped overboard.[12] Shots were also fired at the police boat, hitting PC 3776 six times. He fell overboard, but was pulled back into the police boat as it sped off to summon for help. PC 3776 died in hospital a day later,[13] while PC 1315 escaped unhurt.
1947-06-05 PC 3776 Attan Bin Haji Siraj 30
1947-10-28 SC 5221 Teo Kim Swan 23 SC 5221 was on duty at a police duty hut along Henderson Road outside the Singapore Glass Factory with fellow Special Constable Abu Bakar. About to go off-duty, SC Abu Bakar reached for his rifle which was leaning against a table, but the rifle fell to the ground and a round was discharged, hitting SC5221 and killing him.[14]
1947-11-14 DPC 809 Cheong Ngit Cheong 28 DPC 809 was having coffee at a coffeeshop along Balestier Road with a former detective, Wong Khim Seang, when three men, two of whom were armed, walked into the eatery and fired at the two men at point blank range.[15] DPC 809 was shot in the back of his head and died two hours later in hospital, while Wong was hit in the leg and survived.[16]
1948-03-10 SC 5194 C. S. Dascen 20 SC 5194 was on guard duty at the HSBC Bank Building on 9 March 1948 when he was shot accidentally in the neck by SC 5220 who was checking clear his service revolver prior to handing over the weapon to him.[17]

1950s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1950 PC 2083 Ali Bin Mat Jani
1950-04-05 S/Sgt 4098 Mahadhoj Limbu Killed in an operation in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, as a result of the Malayan Emergency.
1950-07-24 PC 1526 Jantan Bin Ngah 28 PC 1526, PC 1876 and PC 2583 were manning a road block near a godown which was the target of communist arsonists when an approaching car failed to stop, hit a taxi and another vehicle at the roadblock.[18] PC 1526 died soon after reaching the hospital, while PC 1876 and PC 2583 died soon after.[19] Another four policemen, the car driver, taxi driver, and his sole passenger were also injured. It is the worse in terms of Singapore police casualties in a single incident to date, matched only by the deaths of three officers in March 2001.
PC 1876 Mohd Diah Bin Hamid
PC 2583 Othman Bin Said
1950-10-10 PC 790 Mohd Senin Bin Akim
1950-12-09 DPC 646 Sim Tian Peng Shot and killed by a Chinese assailant at the Municipal Quarters located at the junction of Queen Street and Ophir Road days before the outbreak of the Maria Hertogh riots.
1950-12-19 Insp Alfred Ratnashingam 27 Killed by rioters while escorting a Eurasian woman in distress to her home in Changi.[20] He was dragged out of his car along Changi Road, beaten, and dumped in the drain on 11 December 1950 during the Maria Hertogh riots.[21] His revolver was stolen, and he died eight days later in hospital.[22]
1951-01-02 DPC 280 Ang Beng Siong 27 Orchard Road DPC 280 was stepping out of his home and starting his motorbike at the junction of Havelock Road and Beng Hoon Road when two gunmen fired at him from point-blank range, hitting him in both sides of his chest and in his face. The killers escaped in bicycles, while he staggered to a medicine shop nearby and collapsed on the floor. He died on the way to hospital.[23]
1951-01-19 D/Cpl 3066 Yap Beng Teck CID D/Cpl 3066 left the home of his second wife at 67 Fraser Street and was getting into his car when two Chinese men shot him in the head, stole his revolver, and escaped in bicycles. He died in hospital an hour later.[24]
1951-02-05 Asst Comdnt Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Aziz 55 SC Assistant Commandant Abdul Rahman was leaving for work from his home at Lorong 6 Geylang when a lone Chinese gunman shot him at pointblank range twice in the back and neck. His police driver tried but failed to find the escaped assailant.[25]
1951-10-18 PC 790 Ithnin Bin Hakim Shot by a communist gunman along Queen Street opposite the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd just before commencing duty in assisting road-crossing children.
1951-11-09 PC 630 Mohamed Din Bin Merah 22 Kandang Kerbau PC 630 was travelling to work in a police van when the van crashed into a lamppost at the junction of Newton Road and Thomson Road. All four officers were injured, two seriously, including PC 630 who died later.[26]
1952-03-23 PC 1797 Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Ahmad Marine Fell overboard and drowned while assisting in getting his crew ashore after completing patrol duty.
1952-04-02 DPC 108 Tan Toa Tee 28 Orchard Road DPC 108 was last seen cycling from his friend's home at Henderson Road when gunshots were heard. His body was found by his friend with three gunshot wounds in a lallang field, and his revolver was missing.[27]
1954 D/SUB-Insp Tan Ah Seng
1954 DPC 291 Johnson Lee
1954 DPC 41 Yoong Siew Wah
1954 DPC 495 Toh Keng Wah
1955-05-12 PC(V) 1039 Teo Bock Lan Andrew Severely beaten by the rioting mob during the Hock Lee bus riots and died in hospital later. He was the first Volunteer Special Constabulary officer to die in the line of duty.[28]
1955-05-12 D/Cpl Yuen Yau Phang Burned to death after rioters set his car alight during the Hock Lee bus riots.

1960s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1964-04-11 DPC 2802 Reddy Melvyn Douglas 24 Queenstown DPC 2802 was off-duty when he came across two thieves who just robbed the cashier of the Singapore Trading Company at Collyer Quay of $60,000 and were trying to make their escape in a scooter along Prince Street. While arresting one of them, he was shot twice by the other thief.[29] The thieves fled, while DPC 2802 collapsed and died in hospital later.[30]
1965-08-05 Insp Lim Kim Sai Allan 28 CID Part of a police party attempting an ambush on the hideout of wanted man Morgan Teo and his accomplices along Siang Lim Park after a tip-off. The house where Teo was holed up was surrounded by police, who asked the gang to surrender. Teo's accomplices surrendered after no response was made and tear gas lobbed into the house. Teo escaped by climbing into a neighbouring house, and fired a single gunshot, which hit Insp Lim in the head.[30][31] Two hand grenades lobbed at the police also injured another two policemen.[32] Insp Lim died shortly after in hospital.[33]
1968-02-05 DPC 6603 Munusamy Naidu s/o Doresamy 23 Joo Chiat DPC 6603 arrested a suspected secret society gang member along Anamalai Avenue,[30] and brought him to a telephone booth along Bukit Timah Road where he tried to call for reinforcements. Three of the gang member's friends were following behind, and attacked the policeman, who managed to fire three rounds, injuring one of them. The policeman sustained seven stab wounds and collapsed on the road, while the gang members escaped with his revolver. He died on the way to the hospital.[34] Two of the murderers, including the one injured, were subsequently arrested and sentenced to death.

1970s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1970-05-04 PC 6459 Omar Bin Hussin Drowned while attempting to retrieve a baton which was dropped into the sea at Tanjong Rhu.
1972-12-12 PC 8610 Tan Chin Swee Died in a traffic accident.
1973-04-17 DPC 3393 Ng Poh Hock 27 CID A police operation to ambush a group of criminals resulted in a shootout along Geylang Lorong 27A when officers approached one of the suspects, Ng Ah Bai, in his vehicle.[35] DPC 3393 was shot dead just as he reached one side of the vehicle, while the suspect was shot by another detective from the other side. The suspect died later in hospital.[36]
1973-07-12 DPC 0110 Ong Poh Heng 28 Orchard Road He was off-duty when stopped to intervene in an argument between a bus driver and a gunman along Still Road.[30] As soon as he identified himself as a police officer, the gunman suddenly fired two shots into the officer's chest, one of which pierced his heart, killing him instantly. The gunman then removed the cop's revolver and drove off.[37] A cash award of S$10,000 was put up for information on the murderer.[38]
1973-12-02 PC 8358 Mohammed Sanusi Bin Siraj 26 Paya Lebar PC 8358 was refuelling his police van at the Paya Lebar Police Station when he spotted a police mini-bus rolling down a slope. He tried to stop the vehicle, but was run over instead. He died four hours later in hospital.[39]
1974-03-15 PC 8358 Abu Habir Bin Kassim 42 Marine The police boat he was in was returning to base in Kallang Basin when it capsized and sank after a collision with a Russian trawler Pechorsk at the mouth of Sungei Jurong near the Jurong Pier. Three of the crew were rescued, while PC 8358 was swept away.[40] His body was later found.
1975-06-23 PC 8835 Low Tong Seng 37 Traffic PC 8835 was killed when he collided with a cyclist at the junction of Jalan Toa Payoh and Kim Keat Road. The cyclist died instantly, while PC 8835 died in hospital a few hours later.[41]
1975-07-14 PC 1750 Lim Ah Huat Died in a traffic accident along Mandai Road while chasing a speeding vehicle.
1976-11-27 PC 3031 Chan Ban Thian 31 PC 3031 was pursuing after a speeding motorcyclist when his police car smashed into an oncoming lorry along Upper Thomson Road near Ang Mo Kio on 25 November 1976.[42] The lorry driver died on the spot, while the police officer died in hospital two days later.[43]
1977-02-26 Cpl 3881 O Patpanavan 30 Jurong Town Upon return from duty, he was later found lying outside the police station armoury with a gunshot wound to his chest. He died on the way to hospital.[44] The shot was later found to be accidentally discharged.
1978-01-01 Cpl 8210 Abu Kassim Bin Katon 30 Marine Cpl 8210, PC 0944, and two other officers from the Jurong Marine Base were off duty when their vehicle was forced into the back of a stationary SBS bus along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim by another speeding vehicle. Their civilian vehicle caught fire upon impact, and the front-seat passenger, Cpl 8210, was killed on the spot. PC 0944 died three hours later in hospital, while the other two recovered from their injuries.[45]
PC 0944 Loh Teng Hock 30
1978-04-25 SC Lee Kim Lai 18 Stabbed to death by three men who were attempting to steal his weapon. He was abducted while performing sentry duty at the Police Reserve Unit 1 base at Mount Vernon and dragged into a hijacked taxi, whose driver has also been murdered earlier.[46] Lee's body was found in the abandoned taxi later with 15 cut and stab wounds, including a fatal double stab wound in the neck.[7]
1978-05-17 Sgt 7571 Toh Say Tin 31 PRU 1 Sgt 7571 was on special duties with 11 other officers when he slipped and fell overboard while attempting to board a boat from marine police speedboat PA 6 off Marine Parade. A non-swimmer, he was not wearing a life vest, and was swept away by the currents.[47] His body was found on 19 May 1978 about eight kilometres from the incident.[48] Wearing of life vests were made mandatory for all persons aboard police veseels henceforth.
1979-04-19 Sgt 1288 Mohamed Saad Bin Omar 43 Beach Road Sgt 1288 and PC Collin Han were responding to a call with regards to a female drug suspect. While escorting her back to the police station along Lorong 10 Geylang and Geylang Road, she suddenly snatched Sgt 1288's service revolver, and fired a shot into his stomach. PC Han, who was driving the vehicle, managed to remove the revolver from the woman, who appeared dazed. Sgt 1288 died soon after.[49]
1979-08-04 PC 2446 Soon Say Boon 22 Traffic PC 2446 was pursuing a vehicle along Kampong Bahru Road when he collided into the back of a stationary lorry. He died from severe injuries.[50]

1980s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1980-12-05 PC 2620 Lim Kok Hui Died in an accident during in-service preparation.
1982-08-02 PC 9334 Takabahadur Rai Knocked down and killed by a motorcycle.
1983-06-29 PC 8726 Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Kadir 35 Traffic PC 8726 was involved in a convoy transporting three RSAF aircraft by road from Tengah Air Base to West Coast Road when he collided into one of the aircraft at the junction of Upper Ayer Rajah Road and Jurong Town Hall Road. He was dead on arrival at the hospital.[51]
1984-09-21 SC Abdul Rahman Bin Bujang 21 He was posted to do sentry duty at the guardroom of the Police Headquarters at Phoenix Park. While taking a lunch break, fellow officer, VC Jamaluddin Bin Ibrahim, 19, took SC Abdul Rahman's service revolver, and began to play with it despite being told not to do so by SC Abdul Rahman. Loading a single bullet into the revolver, he fired at SC Abdul Rahman's head, resulting in a single round discharged on his second trigger which killed the officer.[52]
1984-11-24 PC 2816 Supayah S/O K Marimuthu 26 Tanglin PC 2816 and PC Lou Chung Hung, 20, were on mobile squad duty when they stopped two cyclists to conduct a routine check along Newton Road. PC 2816 was standing to the front of the police car and PC Lou towards the rear when a passing car knocked the police car into the pavement, injuring both officers. The car driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol.[53] PC 2816 subsequently died in hospital,[54] while PC Lou escaped with minor injuries.[55]
1984-12-06 Sgt 3370 Chin Ah Kow 43 Marine Police boat PX-5 left its base in Jurong for routine patrol. En route, SC Abdul Rashid Bin Mohammed Said shot Sgt 3370 in the head and threw his body overboard.[56] PC 8627 and a fourth officer, PC Shamsudin Bin Haji Ali were forced off the boat, and subsequently found near Pulau Senang, by which time PC 8627 had drowned[54] and PC Shamsudin the sole survivor. Sgt 3370's body was never found.[57]
PC 8627 Wahid Bin Ahmad 26
1985-07-04 PC 7365 Mohd Sarwar S/O Mohd Afzal 36 Paya Lebar Died in hospital from his injuries sustained in a traffic accident when the patrol car he was driving collided into the back of a taxi in April 1985.[58]
1985-12-19 PC 3649 Goh Ah Khia 40 CID Shot and killed by notorious gunman Lim Keng Peng aka Ah Huat, who had earlier killed a restaurant owner.[59] PC 3649 and two other officers instructed Ah Huat to stop along Jalan Pelikat on 18 December 1985 after responding to a report of theft at the nearby Aroozoo Avenue, when he suddenly turned around and shot PC 3649. The officer died in hospital several hours later.[60]
1989-02-16 Cpl 2977 Mirza Abdul Halim Bin Mirza Abdul Majid 23 Bedok PC 2977 was on patrol duty when he and PC Chua Yew Hua gave chase to two suspects who had tried to break into a minimart and a hairdressing salon. The suspects ran in different directions, and the two officers pursued after each suspect alone. PC 2977 brought down one of the suspects, and engaged in a tussle with him on the ground near Tampines Block 127, during which the officer was repeatedly stabbed.[61] The suspect managed to snatch the officer's revolver from his holster and shot him in the head.[62] He went into a coma, and was given a rare field promotion to a rank of Corporal just before he died in hospital.[63] PC Chua was also injured and hospitalised, but successfully arrested the other suspect.[64] Cpl 2977 was the last police officer to die from firearms violence. After years of similar incidents, this incident prompted a redesign of the gun holster to make it snatch-proof, and officers were advised against splitting up when pursuing suspects for their personal safety.

1990s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
1990-09-21 Cpl 8951 Tan Tiang Hwa 31 Traffic Cpl 8951 was on enforcement patrol with the ROV Enforcement Unit when he rammed into the back of a lorry which was reversing after missing a junction along Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.[65] Cpl 8951 was knocked off his motorbike, and was rolled over by the lorry's wheels, killing him instantly.[66]
1991-08-26 LCP 7290 Ong Chin Woo 23 CID His unmarked police car with three officers lost control and collided into an SBS bus at the junction of Upper Changi Road and Bedok South Road. LCP 7290, the back-seat passenger, was killed on the spot, while the other two officers and six passengers on the bus were injured.[67] He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Cpl .[68]
1991-10-25 VC Kannan S/O Pinnasamy 19 He was riding his bicycle to work when he collided with a van at the junction of Boon Lay Drive and Corporation Road on 23 October 1991. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.[69]
1994-05-21 Cpl Hoi Kim Heng 24 Central While on a routine spot-check on a subject, Soh Loo Ban, along Nankin Street, Cpl Hoi and his partner, Cpl Tan Huang Yee gave chase when Soh stabbed Cpl Tan on his arm with a 10-cm knife after being stopped during a routine security check. When nearing the Fook Hai Building, Soh collided with a pursuing Cpl Hoi, stabbing him fatally in the neck with his knife. Cpl Tan subsequently shot Soh dead in the chest at the Hong Lim Food Centre after a struggle on the floor in which Cpl Tan received more stab wounds. Cpl Tan recovered from his injuries, and was given a rare field promotion to a sergeant on 23 May 1994. Cpl Hoi was given the same promotion posthumously, and was ceremoniously cremated with full police honours and awarded the Medal of Valour.[70]
1994-11-30 SSSgt Boo Tiang Huat 47 Tanglin During a routine spot-check at Newton Road, SSSgt Boo requested Zainal Abidin Abdul Malik, 29, to open his car boot for Inspection, and upon doing so, Zainal withdrew an axe and struck SSSgt Boo in the head with it.[71] Zainal was arrested after a short chase, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death after his appeal was rejected.[72] He was given a posthumous promotion to the rank of SI, and awarded the Medal of Valour.[73] This incident was the last since an officer has been feloniously killed while on official duty.
1996-02-16 Cpl 7531 Asri Bin Mohd Jalil 31 Bedok The Fast Response Car he was in was responding to a case when it lost control, skidded, and crashed into a tree along Upper Changi Road East, resulting in his death.[74] Three other officers in the car recovered from their injuries.
1996-09-14 SSSgt 2415 Ng Beng Huat Collapsed and died from a cardiac respiratory failure.
1997-02-18 Cpl 2176 Lim Kok Seng 24 Traffic Cpl 2176 was travelling along Upper Changi Road when he collided with an on-coming garbage truck turning into Changi North Street 1. The impact caused Cpl 2176 to be thrown off his police motorbike, and died at the scene an hour later. The truck driver was believed to be drunk.[75] As he was due for promotion soon after his time of death, he was given a posthumous promotion to the rank of Sergeant.[76]
1998-10-26 SSgt 9858 Mohamad Asri Bin Amin 35 Central Killed in a hit-and-run accident while on his way to work at the junction of Tampines Avenue 1 and Tampines Avenue 10.[77] The traffic lights was in his favour when a lorry collided into his motorcycle.[78]
1999-10-09 SC/Cpl Kwah Choon Khiat Johaan 23 Jurong Succumbed to his injuries in hospital after meeting with a traffic accident on 4 October 1999.[79] The fast response car he was in crashed into the central divider along Woodlands Road near junction with Jalan Bumbong while responding to a message. The impact sent SC/Cpl Kwah crashing through the windscreen and landing on the opposite side of the road, and died five days later from severe head injuries. Upon his death, his case was highlighted in the media[80] when his family agreed to donate his organs to six recipients,[81] although one patient who received his heart subsequently developed complications and died.[82] The driver of the police vehicle, SSgt Yeo Jin Kin Adrain, 25, escaped relatively unhurt and was subsequently charged for dangerous driving.[83]
1999-11-29 Sgt 98574 Ho Boon Chee 21 Jurong Killed when his fast response car crashed along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 into a tree while responding to a message in the night of 28 November 1999. The driver, a 21-year-old sergeant, was trapped in the vehicle, while Sgt 98574 was removed from the car by passersby. Sgt 98574, who was 11 months in the force, died in hospital about five hours later, while the driver recovered from his injuries.[84] He was the third police officer to die in three months,[85] the first case of which involved an off-duty officer, sergeant Fazil Sengwan, 23, who died instantly in a car crash along Changi Coast Road on 7 September 1999.[86] The police came forward to publicise the driving skills which officers are equipped in the media.[87]

2000s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
2001-03-03 SC/Cpl Dzulkha Bin Basru 22 Airport The police Land Rover driven by Sgt Tan lost control and flipped several times across Airport Boulevard near the Singapore Airport Terminal Services Inflight Catering Centre in the direction towards Singapore Changi Airport, tossing several officers onto the road. SC/Cpl Dzulkha and NSPI Ranosasni died in hospital on the same day of the accident,[88] while Sgt 98227 died the next day.[89] Seven other officers survived the accident. The police pointed out that the Land Rover was not overloaded, as the vehicle was carrying ten officers while the maximum capacity was 11.[90] The accident is the worse in terms of numbers of casualties in a single incident involving Singapore police officers since the death of three Constables on 24 July 1950 after a car plouged into them.
NSPI Ranosasni Bin Mohamed Salleh 23
2001-03-04 Sgt 98227 Tan Chiew Leong Benny 23
2001-06-14 Sgt 96782 Quek Yew Ming 26 Central Flung off the police scooter he was riding on when it collided into a taxi at the junction of Victoria Street and Ophir Road at about 0515 hours while he was on night shift. He died in hospital eight hours later.[91]
2002-12-27 SI Ong Kah Kiong Anthony 43 Bedok Team leader SI Ong and SC/Cpl Muhammad Syakir on normal supervisory rounds from the Changi Neighbourhood Police Centre died when their patrol car was hit from the rear by a large garbage truck along Tanah Merah Ferry Road.[92] The impact of the crash sent the patrol car off the road, flipping over and landing on its roof, with the truck landing on top of the patrol car. Both officers were crushed and killed on the spot.[93]
SC/Cpl Muhammad Syakir Bin Ishak 22
2003-06-29 Sgt 99308 Sri Norashikin Binte Ishak 24 Jurong Died from her injuries in hospital when the police van she was in collided with another vehicle along Kranji Way on 24 June 2003. She was the first female police officer of the Singapore Police Force to die while on duty. The other two officers, including the 25-year-old driver, recovered from their injuries.[94]
2005-10-09 SSgt 4199 Noranzor Bin Abdul Latiff 32 Ang Mo Kio Lost control of his police motorbike along Yio Chu Kang Road near the Tamarind Road junction and died from internal chest injuries sustained after being thrown off his vehicle. His partner who was riding ahead of him was not involved in the accident.[95][96]
2005-11-09 SSSgt(V) 1104 Seah Ben Hur 42 Traffic Police Killed after being hit by a tipper lorry which failed to stop at a routine police road block along Dairy Farm Road towards Upper Bukit Timah Road. He was the second Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) to die in the line of duty, since 12 May 1955. Two other VSC officers, including his 46-year-old wife, were injured. He was given a posthumous promotion to the rank of Station Inspector.[97] The lorry driver, Lim Hock Siew, 43, pleaded gulty to causing grievous hurt on 27 September 2006, and was sentenced on 2 October 2006.
2007-04-14 SI 2459 Mohd Khalid Bin Muhamad 41 PCG Two Interceptor Crafts of the Special Task Squadron were on ambush duty off Tuas in the vicinity of Tuas Jetty, when a speedboat with six illegal immigrants and cartons of cigarettes intruded into Singapore's territorial waters at about 9.30 pm on 13 April 2007. The speedboat sped off when approached by the police, resulting in a five-minute chase which resulted in a collision between one of the crafts and the speedboat near Pulau Merambong. Both boats capsized, while the speedboat was completely wrecked. SSgt Sharul Khamis, 33, and Cpl Benji Lim, in his 20s,[98] were rescued from the scene within minutes with minor injuries, while SI Mohd Khalid and SSgt Heah were reported missing.[99] Their bodies were later found trapped in the steering compartment of the capsized craft on 14 April 2007 at about 8.15 am.[100] All four officers were wearing lifevests at the time of the incident.[101] Three passengers on the intruding vessels were also rescued, and a fourth man found dead. The rest of the passengers were not found.[102] The two officers were the first casualties for the STS and the PCG since the latter's evolution from the Marine Division in 1993. It was also the first instance in which a police boat capsizes, and the first police fatalities arising as a result of a high speed chase.[103] Both officers were posthumously promoted to the ranks of Senior Station Inspector and Senior Staff Sergeant respectively.[104]
SSgt T01217 Heah Khim Han 29
2007-11-22 SI 2967 Teo Kong Chian David 43 Central Collapsed and died from a cardiac respiratory failure.
2008-03-05 Cpl T07260 Abdul Halim Bin Abdul Samad 22 Central Killed in a traffic accident on his way to work at Parliament House for routine security duties.[105] His motorcycle collided with a van at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Hospital Drive at about 09:30 hours, and was pronounced dead at the scene at about 09:40 hours.[106] The officer joined the force in 2007.[107]
2008-05-15 TSC Roslan Bin Saharo 19 Training Command Collapsed shortly after commencing a trial Individual Physical Proficiency Test conducted at the Home Team Academy on 13 May 2008.[108] He was reported to have been unwell before the run, and died in hospital two days later due to complications caused by heat stroke.[109] Further enquiry found that he has failed to report that he had a fever, and insisted on continuing the run despite concerns from squad-mates.[110]

2010s[edit]

Date Rank/no Name Age Division/unit Circumstance
2017-06-01 SSgt T09574 Nadzrie Bin Matin 29 Traffic Police Critically injured after being in a collision with a black van whilst performing his traffic patrol duties along Serangoon Road around 10:30 hours. He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.[111]

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