Commissioner of Police (Singapore) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissioner_of_Police_(Singapore)

Commissioner of the
Singapore Police Force
Hoong Wee Teck

since 6 January 2015
Singapore Police Force
TypeCommissioner of Police
Reports toMinister for Home Affairs
AppointerPresident of Singapore
Term lengthNo term limit
Constituting instrumentCap. 235, 2006 Rev. Ed.
Formation1857; 165 years ago (1857)
First holderThomas Dunman
DeputyDeputy Commissioner of Police
Commissioner of Police rank epaulettes

The Commissioner of Police is the head of the Singapore Police Force (SPF). He or she is assisted by the Deputy Commissioner of Police and reports to the Minister for Home Affairs.

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.

The President of Singapore appoints the Commissioner of Police on the advice from the Cabinet, and can revoke his or her appointment.[1]

Commissioners and Inspectors-General of Police[edit]

Commissioner of Police, Straits Settlements Police[edit]

Inspector-General of Police, Straits Settlements Police[edit]

  • C B Plunket (1871–1876)
  • Samuel Dunlop (1876–1890)
  • R W Maxwell (1891–1895)
  • E G Pennefather (1895–1906)
  • W A Cuscaden (1906–1914)
  • A R Chandellor (1914–1923)
  • G C Denham (1923–1925)
  • Harold Fairburn (1925–1935)
  • Rene H de S Onraet (1935–1939)
  • Arthur Harold Dickinson (1939–1942)

Commissioner of Police, Singapore Police Force[edit]

  • R E Foulger (1946–1951)
  • J P Pennefather-Evans (1951–1952)
  • Nigel G Morris (1952–1957)
  • E Alan G Blades (1957–1963)
  • John Le Cain (1963–1967)
  • Cheam Kim Seang (1967–1971)
  • Tan Teck Khim (1971–1979)
  • Goh Yong Hong (1979–1992)
  • Tee Tua Ba (1992–1997)
  • Khoo Boon Hui (1997–2010)
  • Ng Joo Hee (2010–2015)
  • Hoong Wee Teck (2015–present)


  1. ^ "Police Force Act - Singapore Statutes Online". sso.agc.gov.sg. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  • "Policing Singapore in the 19th & 20th centuries", Peer M. Akbur, Singapore Police Force, 2002 ISBN 981-04-7024-X