Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command
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|Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (SAF MP Command)|
| Markas Polis Tentera Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura (Malay)|
The logos of the SAF Military Police Command
|Active||1966 – present|
|Branch||Singapore Armed Forces|
SAF MP Command
|Motto(s)||Pride, Discipline, Honour|
|COL Lee Kuan Chung (Commander)|
|Command Sergeant Major||SWO Chew Kim Leng (Formation Sergeant-Major)|
The Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (abbreviation: SAFMPC; aka SAF MP Command, previously the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit (SAFPU) until 1 September 2006,) is the military police unit of the Singapore Armed Forces, performing policing duties to uphold standards of discipline amongst members of the SAF. Its responsibilities include security of key SAF military installations, the guarding of the Ministry of Defence, ceremonial sentries at the Istana, forming the ceremonial guards for visits by VVIPs to the country and other national events, the maintenance of discipline through enforcement and the operation of the SAF Detention Barracks, and search and rescue operations, amongst others. In wartime contingencies, it would also be tasked with safeguarding prisoners-of-war (POWs), protecting rear-echelon areas/HQs and securing important supply routes and relevant bases.
- 1 History
- 2 Heritage
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Manpower
- 5 Uniforms
- 6 Equipment
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Formed on 1 September 1966 at the old Beach Road Camp, the SAF Provost Company initially consisted of one company of military policemen and was part of the Manpower Division, although it came under the command of HQ 1 SIB. In the same year, the School of Provost and the first detention cells were in operation at Beach Road Camp. With the implementation of National Service a year later in 1967, the unit grew exponentially in membership, before the entire unit moved to the Hill Street Camp in 1970. The Singapore Armed Forces Dog Company and Operations Company were established there.
In February 1971, the three companies were merged officially to form the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit (SAFPU) and moved to the Mowbray Camp at Ulu Pandan Road in July 1971. The Kranji Disciplinary Barrack was built in 1972, before being converted into a proper detention facility in 1977. The British Army Military Correction Centre was handed over to the SAF and renamed as the Tanglin Detention Barracks in 1972. Changi Detention Barracks opened in 1973, and Nee Soon Detention Barracks in 1974. The SAF Detention Barracks was opened on 29 March 1987 to replace the three facilities.
The Security Company (SC) was added to the SAFPU, while the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) was formed in July 1973. In 1974, the sixth sub-unit, the 1st Reservist Provost Company, was formed, completing the organisational structure of the unit which has remained so to this day. The Operations Company took on ceremonial functions in 1980, and formed the first prestige guard for the German ambassador to Singapore.
The distinctive Military Police uniform was first introduced in 1983. In 1984, a 93-man unit drawn from the ranks of the SAFPU formed the Silent Precision Drill Squad (SPDS), trained with the help of foreign instructors for a performance for that year's National Day Parade at the Padang, which would turn out to be its historic debut performance, seen live on Singaporean television. The overwhelmingly positive public response led to the sub-unit becoming a permanent fixture, and since then, has become one of the most well-known and visible aspects of the SAFPU which the general public would relate to. In the National Day Parade in 1986, they made their 2nd NDP performance and their 1st ever at the National Stadium, alongside the Women's Pipe Band of the Singapore Police Force, and put up its first mass precision drill performance there during the NDP in 1988. It performed twice for the Malaysian King and the general public at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1989, during that year's Merdeka Parade.
From the mid-1980s, the SAFPU began performing ceremonial sentry duties at the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore, and the monthly Change of Guard parade has since become a public spectator event also attracting the attention of tourists. New colours was awarded to the unit by ex-president Ong Teng Cheong during the SAF Day Parade in 1995.
Today, the unit is based at a new camp near Choa Chu Kang. In keeping with tradition, the new road leading to the camp was called Mowbray Road, and the camp itself retaining the Mowbray Camp name. The old Mowbray Camp has since been handed over to the Singapore Police Force, which initially used the camp for training Police National Service reservists with the now-defunct KINS unit and now currently operates the camp for the new ProCom (Protective Security Command) unit, which replaced KINS. From 1 September 2006, the unit was renamed the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (SAFMPC).
Vision: To Inspire Pride and Discipline in the SAF
Mission: To uphold and enforce military law, order and discipline in the SAF, support homeland security operations, and perform ceremonial duties for the state and MINDEF.
Motto: Pride, Discipline and Honour
Marches: Pride, Discipline and Honour is also the name of the unit's regimental Slow March (listen: ), composed by Captain Lee Kah Hee Johnson, currently the Director of Music of the SAF Parade Band A. The regimental Quick March of the unit is entitled Spot-On, composed by Major Ervin E. Dragon.
Creed: I am a Military Policeman in the Singapore Armed Forces. I serve my country with Pride, Discipline and Honour. With Pride, I will always discharge my duties firmly, fairly and honestly without fear or favour. With Discipline, I will always strive for the highest standards of soldiering. With Honour, I will always accomplish my missions courageously, loyally and decisively.
The formation is headed by the Command Headquarters which oversees its daily operations, and supported by four units specialising in the various specific operational responsibilities of the SAF MPC.
Military Police Enforcement Unit (MPEU)
The unit consists of the following units:
- Law Enforcement and Ceremonial Company (LECC)
- Support Company (Traffic Platoon)
- Support Company (Istana Presidential Guards Platoon)
- Support Company (Precision Drill Squad)
- Special Security and Protection (SSP)
- Branch and the Military Working Dog Unit (MWDU)
It is the active wing of the SAF MPC and executes most of the operational and ceremonial duties and roles carried out by the SAF MPC. MPEU is currently led by Commanding Officer MPEU, LTC Michael Lui who is assisted by his Regimental Sergeant Major, 2WO Goh Soon Lee.
LECC was formed by combining the former Active Provost Company (APC) and the former Zone Provost Company (ZPC). Its duties include most of the important ceremonial duties required within the SAF as previously handled by the APC, and a traffic platoon which ensures the compliance of traffic regulations by military personnel on the road as well as performing escort duties. LECC also performs regular enforcement spot checks for contraband and/or miscreants on various camps of the SAF as was conducted by the ZPC. Another platoon enforces the public image of the SAF by booking offenders who smoke in uniform and commit other offences in uniform while in the eye of the public, while also performing ceremonial duties. The Enforcement Platoon (also known as Platoon 2) performs regular operations in residential areas, workplaces, and many public places such as shopping centres, clubs and eating outlets to apprehend deserters, AWOL offenders, drug addicts and other military criminals. They work closely with the Singapore Police Force and are often in very dangerous situations and are extremely well trained for handling the varied scenarios that they find themselves in. The management of Mowbray Station is overseen by the Escort and Processing Office (EPO) platoon who is also in charge of registering and detaining suspects and offenders of military crimes in holding cells. The station is similar to a civilian police station and it is usually the first stop for detainees before their transfer to the detention barracks after being formally charged by their unit or a temporary holding cell for servicemen placed under Closed Arrest. Since 31 December 2008, MPEU has heralded the inclusion of a new branch within its ranks. The Special Security and Protection (SSP) Branch is involved in sensitive operations so no further information is available. The Military Police Traffic Platoon (MP TP) regularly perform traffic enforcement and ceremonial duties. In addition, the SAF Military Working Dog Unit (SAF MWDU) is a wing under MPEU and it is in charge of all dog training and the conduct of all operations involving military working dogs.
Special Investigation Branch (SIB)
The investigative branch for the SAF, the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) investigates higher-order military crimes that requires specialised handling. The current Head SIB is MAJ See Gim Tat.
SAF Detention Barracks (SAFDB)
Headed by a commandant, the SAFDB consists of MPs in charge of supervision of detainees of the SAF who have been charged in accordance to the SAF Act (Chapter 295). The current Commandant of SAFDB is LTC Chan Choon Meng who is assisted by his Barrack Sergeant Major 2WO Alwin Ong.
Island Defence Training Institute (IDTI)
Formerly known as the School of Provost & Military Police Training School (MPTS), the Security and Policing Leadership School (SPLS) and Security and Policing Vocational School (SPVS) are part of the larger IDTI that is in charge of equipping trainees with necessary and fundamental military policing skills as well as instilling in them a high standard of discipline through the vocational courses and specialised courses such as the Silent Precision Drill Courses (SPDS). Both schools also provide legislation courses for senior commanders all over the SAF.  SPLS is currently led by CO SPLS, MAJ Tey Kian Sin and SPVS is currently led by CO SPVS, SWO Chong Yong Kwang. They are assisted by his Chief Instructor, MWO Khoo Kay Peng and School Sergeant Major, MWO Abdul Jaffar.
SAF MP Command Headquarters (HQ)
The headquarters of the Command comprises various branches, namely the Manpower Branch (MP), General Staff Branch (GS), and Logistics Branch. Each branch is headed by a branch head who serves concurrently as the Command's Manpower, Ops and Training and Logistics Officer. Command HQ is led by Commander, COL Lee Kuan Chung, assisted by the Formation Sergeant Major, SWO Chew Kim Leng.
Military Working Dog Unit (IDTI)
|MAJ (Ret)||Lim Choon Mong||1 September 1970 to 1 November 1972|
|LTC (Ret)||Niaz Mohamed Shah||1 November 1972 to 14 May 1974|
|LTC (Ret)||Simon Koh||14 May 1974 to 15 December 1976|
|LTC (Ret)||Guang Yap Pin||15 December 1976 to 1 February 1980|
|LTC (Ret)||Tan Lai Kok||1 February 1980 to 31 December 1982|
|LTC (Ret)||Lee Meng Tong||31 December 1983 to 1 December 1984|
|LTC (Ret)||Lim Theam Poh||1 December 1984 to 14 April 1991|
|COL (Ret)||Ng Eng Hua||14 April 1991 to 29 June 1994|
|LTC (Ret)||Chew Kian Seng||29 June 1994 to 17 January 1997|
|COL (Ret)||Oh Beng Chin||17 January 1997 to 6 July 2000|
|COL (Ret)||Cheang Kai Hien||6 July 2000 to 15 December 2003|
|LTC (Ret)||Chan Wei Gan||15 December 2003 to 1 July 2007|
|COL (Ret)||Chan Wei Gan||1 July 2007 to 20 July 2007|
|COL (Ret)||Mike Yong||20 July 2007 to 30 September 2011|
|COL (Ret)||Ong Chia Choong||30 September 2011 to 9 September 2015|
|COL||Wong Weng Kong||9 September 2015 to 10 September 2018|
|COL||Lee Kuan Chung||10 September 2018 to Present|
The current Formation Sergeant-Major of the SAF MP Command is SWO Chew Kim Leng. Past Formation Sergeant-Major include:
|SWO (Ret)||Amar Singh|
|SWO (Ret)||Ger Ah Kee|
|SWO||Chong Yong Kwang|
|SWO||Chew Kim Leng|
As is the case for other members of the Singapore Armed Forces, SAFMPC members wear a variation of uniforms for each specific usage or occasion. They are, however, probably most distinctively identified by the Olive Drab-coloured No.3 uniform shirt and pants (gartered ankles) worn by members of the military police, complemented by a white cotton stable belt, white lanyard with whistle, a white helmet with the letters "MP" in red type or a blue beret, and combat boots. This attire was first introduced in 1983, and has remained largely unchanged, even after most of the SAF has adopted the camouflage-coloured no.4 uniform from 1985. The camouflage uniform may also be worn, but SAFMPC members are distinguished by wearing a black leather brassard on the right arm, with the letters "MP" in orange. Security troopers formerly known as Regimental Police (RP) wears a black leather brassard with the words "Security Troopers" in red while Military security personnel from the Singapore Guards wears the same brassard with the words "Military Security" in white.
In ceremonial occasions and other important official functions, such as in the forming of the Guard of Honour for visiting VIPs and the Singapore National Day, when performing ceremonial guard duties at important state institutions such as the Istana, members of the SAFMPC wear the army No.1 uniform.
The SAFMPC is the only unit in the SAF to don a unique cap badge design incorporating elements from the crest of the Singapore Police Force and the Armed forces, featuring the Coat of Arms and laurels from the SAF crest, but with the words "SAF Military Police" on a ribbon design similar to the SPF's crest.
SAF MP officers are frequently seen armed with either the Heckler & Koch P30 pistol as their sidearm or the SAF-standard-issue SAR 21 rifle. For ceremonial purposes, they are equipped with the Lee–Enfield or the SAR 21. MPs are also equipped with handcuffs or zip ties, aside from firearms, to restrain suspects as well as truncheons as a non-lethal option that can be deployed
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- "Fact Sheet: Island Defence Training Institute". www.mindef.gov.sg.
- Chiang, Mickey (1990) Fighting fit: The Singapore Armed Forces Times Editions, Singapore ISBN 981-204-176-1
- Choo, Martin (1981) The Singapore Armed Forces Public Affairs Department, Ministry of Defence, Singapore
- Sin, Tino (2006). Pride, Discipline, Honour. Singapore: SAF Provost Media Department. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007.
- Official website
- Pride, Discipline and Honour Mp3 source page
- Changing of the Guards Ceremony
- Silent Drill by SAF MP Command Silent Drill Precision Squad (SDPS)
- Ep 3: Pride and Honour (The SAF Military Police Command)
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