|Commissioner of the|
Singapore Police Force
|Singapore Police Force|
|Type||Commissioner of Police|
|Reports to||Minister for Home Affairs|
|Appointer||President of Singapore|
|Term length||No term limit|
|Constituting instrument||Cap. 235, 2006 Rev. Ed.|
|First holder||Thomas Dunman|
|Deputy||Deputy Commissioner of Police|
The position was created with the passing of the Police Act in 1857, in response to calls for a full-time dedicated police officer to helm the police force in response to escalating cases of violent crime in Singapore during that period. Thomas Dunman thus became the first police commissioner, and the first full-time superintendent of police, with a salary of 800 rupees per month.
When Singapore, Malacca and Penang became Crown colonies in 1867, the role of the police commissioner was expanded to include that of the entire Straits Settlements, with the title changed to Inspector-General of Police. This lasted until the Japanese occupation of Singapore in 1942, before the position was restored as the Commissioner of Police in 1946 with the return of the British and the gradual instatement of self governance.