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Updated: 05/03/2013 21:30 | By Channel NewsAsia

New police centres, technology for SPF

New police centres, technology for SPF

New police centres, technology for SPF

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Friday announced a slew of new initiatives at its annual Workplan Seminar, which was held at the Home Team Academy.

These include new systems and technology to help fight crime, a new Police Divisional Headquarters in Woodlands, as well as two new Neighbourhood Police Centres in Geylang and Bidadari to be set up in the next five years.

Police would also be rolling out their community policing system at six more police centres by the end of the year. This is where their officers will also go on daily foot and bicycle patrols.

Among the new crime-fighting tools unveiled on Friday is the ProVision 2 Body Scanner.

The unit can detect a broad range of concealed objects, including those made of non-metallic materials like liquids, gels, and even paper.

Passengers currently walk through metal detectors at checkpoints, such as airports.

The police are set to roll out a trial of the body scanners in June at Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.

Also unveiled is a 3D Laser Scanner, which will be deployed at crime scenes.

The scanner captures 3D images which eliminates human error during crime-scene documentation.

The system requires only six minutes, compared to one full day, to capture crime scene footage.

The V Scope+ scanner, which was first tested at the 2011 Singapore Airshow, was also showcased at the seminar.

The scanner captures detailed images of what is beneath cars and may soon be used at checkpoints and protected areas.

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said: “From a policing perspective, technology can be a boon, but it can also be a bane, because it can lead to new crime trends... technology also provides police with new crime-fighting capabilities.”  - CNA/jc

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