Criminal Investigation Department (Singapore) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_Investigation_Department_(Singapore)

Criminal Investigation Department
Jurisdictional structure
National agencySingapore
Operations jurisdictionSingapore
Governing bodyGovernment of Singapore
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed byMinistry of Home Affairs
HeadquartersPolice Cantonment Complex
Elected officers responsible
Agency executives
  • SAC How Kwang Hwee, Director Criminal Investigation Department
  • SAC Sekher Warrier, 1 Deputy Director Criminal Investigation Department
  • AC Zhang Weihan, 2 Deputy Director Criminal Investigation Department
  • SAC Lim Chin Tiak, 3 Deputy Director Criminal Investigation Department
Parent agencySingapore Police Force
Child agencies
  • Major Crime Division
  • Specialised Crime Division

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is one of the many departments under the Singapore Police Force for premier investigation and staff authority for criminal investigation matters within the Singapore Police Force.[1]

It is led by the Director of CID and assisted by 3 Deputy Directors. CID has a staff of over 500 officers: Senior Officers, Police Officers and Civilian Officers.


The CID conducts inquiries into a variety of criminal offences in Singapore, and is empowered to make arrests. Recent high profile investigations include the death of Shane Todd in 2013.[2] The present director is Senior Assistant Commissioner How Kwang Hwee.


CID is led by a Director, currently SAC How Kwang Hwee, and 3 Deputy Directors.

There are a total of 8 divisions in CID, with each division led by an Assistant Director, namely:[3]

  1. Operations, Investigation Policy Division
    • Operations Management
    • Operations Development
    • Liaison & Training Branch
    • Prosecution Branch
  2. Research, Planning & Organisational Development Division
  3. Specialised Crime Division
    • Specialised Crime Branch[4]
    • Specialised Crime Policy Branch
    • Casino Crime Investigation Branch[5]
    • Intellectual Property Rights Branch[6][7]
    • Secret Societies Branch
    • Unlicensed Moneylending Strikeforce[8][9]
    • Organised Crime Branch
    • Financial Investigation Branch
  4. Major Crime Division[10]
    • Special Investigation Section
    • Serious Sexual Crime Branch[11]
    • Bomb & Explosive Branch
  5. Technology Crime Division
    • Technology Crime Investigation Branch[12]
    • Technology Crime Forensic Branch[13][14]
    • Technology Crime Policy Branch
  6. Investigation Support & Services Division
    • Criminal Records
    • Specialised Interview
    • Corporate Services Branch
    • Manpower Branch
    • Quality Service Branch
  7. CID Intelligence Division
    • Field Intelligence Branch
    • Intelligence Analysis & Processing Branch
    • Criminal Law Branch
  8. Forensics Division
    • Forensics Management Branch[15]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2006, a police procedural series, C.I.D. was produced by Mediacorp, starring Tay Ping Hui, Qi Yuwu, Apple Hong, Jeanette Aw, Ong Ai Leng, Brandon Wong and Zhang Yaodong.

This was followed with a collaboration between the CID and Mediacorp in 2011, C.L.I.F., another police procedural series. The series lead to four sequels, C.L.I.F. 2, C.L.I.F. 3, C.L.I.F. 4 and C.L.I.F. 5.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About CID". Archived from the original on September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Shane Todd inquiry: Seven witnesses lined up for day two of hearing into researcher's death". The Straits Times. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Singapore Government Directory - Singapore Police Force Criminal Investigation Department".[dead link]
  4. ^ Fang, Joy (3 November 2014). "Human-trafficking law will make police work 'more clear-cut'". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  5. ^ Neo, Chai Chin (27 July 2013). "Public servants may face tighter rules on casino visits". MediaCorp Press Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Kembangan Plaza shop suspected of selling computers with counterfeit software raided". 18 November 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  7. ^ Philomin, Laura (19 November 2014). "Be wary of unintentionally buying counterfeit software, says Microsoft". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Man nabbed for suspected involvement in loanshark harassment cases". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  9. ^ "11 kissed for suspected involvement in unlicensed moneylending syndicate". 10 October 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  10. ^ Lee, Amanda (16 January 2014). "Speed of swoop caught alleged kidnappers off guard, say police". MediaCorp Press Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Spotted: Joanne Peh in uniform". 19 September 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  12. ^ Sim, Walter. "Police arrest 34-year-old man for making a false bomb threat". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  13. ^ Khan, Safhras (3 September 2013). "Match-fixing trial to resume in October". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  14. ^ "State: Shane Todd's laptop could not have been accessed remotely after his death". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  15. ^ "'Sufficient forensic evidence' to link senior police officer to double murders". 14 July 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.