Seven men and two women, aged between 20 and 66, will be charged in Court on 29 November 2017 for nine separate cases of using abusive language and voluntarily causing hurt to Police officers, committed between January and October 2017.

Brief details of the cases are as follows:

a. On 28 January 2017, a 35-year-old man was believed to be drunk and causing nuisance to members of the public. When the Police attended to the incident, the man was believed to have hurled vulgarities and caused hurt to the officers by pushing and kicking them.

b. On 11 May 2017, a 33-year-old woman was believed to have caused hurt to her family members during a case of dispute. When the Police attended to the incident, the female suspect was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards them and also tore up a Police statement.

c. On 24 June 2017, a 20-year-old man was believed to have caused hurt to one of the Police officers by pushing and punching him on the face during a check.

d. On 20 July 2017, a 43-year-old man was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards the Police during a case of dispute over payment of taxi fare.

e. On 6 August 2017, a 41-year-old woman was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards the Police and also caused hurt to the officers by kicking them.

f. On 22 August 2017, a 66-year-old man was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards the Police during a case of neighbour dispute.

g. On 24 August 2017, a 22-year-old man was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards the Police during a case of dispute.

h. On 1 October 2017, a 42-year-old man was believed to have used criminal force against the Police by spitting saliva on the officers.

i. On 25 October 2017, a 42-year-old man was arrested for drunkenness in public. During the arrest, the man was believed to have hurled vulgarities towards the Police and also caused hurt by kicking the officer on the leg.

Offenders who contravene Section 6(1)(a) of the Protection from Harassment Act shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000/- or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both. The offence of voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant in the discharge of his duty under Section 332 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 7 years, or with a fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments. The offence of using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty under Section 353 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 4 years, or with a fine, or with both

The Police take a serious view against persons who obstruct Police officers from carrying out their duties or cause them harm. While policing is a profession not without its risks and hazards, the Police have zero tolerance towards such acts of violence towards Police officers or public servants who are carrying out their duties and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law and harm Police officers.

Source: Singapore Police Force