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Encyclopedia > Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command
SAFMPC providing security coverage at the Padang during the National Day Parade in 2000.

The Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (abbreviation: SAFMPC; Chinese: 新加坡武装部队宪兵营), previously the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit until 1 September 2006 [1], is the military police unit of the Singapore Armed Forces, performing policing duties to uphold standards of discipline amongst members of the SAF. Its responsibilities include security of key military establishments, the guarding of the Ministry of Defence, ceremonial sentries at the Istana, forming the ceremonial guards for visits by VVIPs to the country and other national events, the maintenance of discipline through enforcement and the operation of the SAF Detention Barracks, and search and rescue operations, amongst others. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (907x1361, 235 KB) Summary Description: Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit members providing security coverage at the National Day Parade 2000 rehearsals held at the Padang, Singapore Source: Self-made Location: Padang, Singapore Date: 27/07/2000 14:18 Photographer/Painter: Huaiwei... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (907x1361, 235 KB) Summary Description: Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit members providing security coverage at the National Day Parade 2000 rehearsals held at the Padang, Singapore Source: Self-made Location: Padang, Singapore Date: 27/07/2000 14:18 Photographer/Painter: Huaiwei... An aerial view of Singapore, showing the Padang on the right, surrounded by Singapore Parliament building, new and old Supreme Court building and Swissôtel The Stamford. ... Historic postage showing marching contingent in NDP 1967. ... It has been suggested that Apocopation be merged into this article or section. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Gendarmerie be merged into this article or section. ... The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF, Malay: Angkatan Bersenjata Singapura, Simplified Chinese: 新加坡武装部队) comprises of three branches: the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). ... The following lists the camps and bases of the Singapore Armed Forces: External links MINDEF terminology Categories: | | ... The Ministry of Defence (abbreviated MINDEF) is entrusted with overseeing the defence needs of the Republic of Singapore. ... The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ...


The unit's motto is Pride, Discipline and Honour, which is also the name of the unit's regimental Slow March (listen: [2]), written by CPT Lee Kah Hee Johnson, currently the Director of Music and Officer-in-Charge of the SAF Band's Parade Band A. The regimental Fast March of the unit is entitled Spot On. A motto is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... This article concerns the rank and title of Captain. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

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History

Formed in 1966 at the old Beach Road Camp, it initially consisted of one company of military policemen. With the implementation of National service a year later in 1967, the exponential growth in membership led to the formation of the School of Provost in 1970, before the entire unit moved to the Hill Street Camp. The Singapore Armed Forces Dog Company and Provost Company were formed here, and in February 1971, the three companies were merged officially to form the Singapore Armed Forces Provost Unit (SAFPU) and moved to the Mowbray Camp at Ulu Pandan Road in July 1971. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... National Service in the 20th century referred primarily to conscription for military service. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


The Security Command (SC) was added to the SAFPU, while the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) was formed in July 1973. In 1974, the sixth sub-unit, the 1st Reservist Provost Company, was formed, completing the organisational structure of the SAFPU which has remained so to this day. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


In 1984, a 93-man unit drawn from the ranks of the SAFPU formed the Precision Drill Unit (PDU), trained with the help of foreign instructors for a performance at a Reach Out Singapore event that same year. The overwhelmingly positive public response led to the sub-unit becoming a permanent fixture, and since then, has become one of the most well-known and visible aspects of the SAFPU which the general public would relate to. In 1988, the first mass precision drill performance was put up for the National Day Parade held at the National Stadium, and in 1989, it performed twice for the Malaysian King and the general public at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Historic postage showing marching contingent in NDP 1967. ... A parade event being held at the National Stadium. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: KL Motto: Maju dan makmur (Malay: Peace and progress) Location Location in Malaysia Coordinates: Government Country State Malaysia Federal Territory Establishment 1857 (Granted city status in 1974) Mayor Ruslin Hasan Geographical characteristics Area 243. ...


From the mid 1980s, the SAFPU began performing ceremonial sentry duties at the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore, and the monthly Change of Guard parade has since become a public spectator event also attracting the attention of tourists. The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ... Flag of the President of Singapore - banner of arms The President of Singapore is the head of state. ... Guard Mounting, or the Changing of the Guard, refers to a formal ceremony in which sentries providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries. ...


New colours was awarded to the unit by ex-president Ong Teng Cheong during the SAF Day Parade in 1995. Ong Teng Cheong (Chinese: 王鼎昌; Pinyin: Wáng Dǐngchāng) (January 22, 1936 - February 8, 2002) was the first elected President of Republic of Singapore. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Today, the unit is based at a new camp near Choa Chu Kang. In keeping with tradition, the new road leading to the camp was called Mowbray Road, and the camp itself retaining the Mowbray Camp name. The old Mowbray Camp has since been handed over to the Singapore Police Force, which currently uses the camp for the training of reservists for the KINS unit. From 1 September 2006, the unit was renamed the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command (SAFMPU). Choa Chu Kang or Chua Chu Kang is a suburban area in the West Region of Singapore. ... The Jurong Police Division Headquarters at Jurong West Avenue 5. ... A member of the United States Military that spends one weekend a month and two weeks annually training to protect and defend the United States. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Organisation

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Members of the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command's Precision Drill Unit on the march after their performance at Marina South, Singapore, for the National Day Parade, 2005.

The unit is headed by the Company Headquarters which oversees its daily operations, and supported by six sub-units specialising in the various specific operational responsibilities of the SAFMPC. Marina South (Chinese: 滨海南, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhainan) is a peninsula adjacent to the Central Business District in Singapore. ... Logo of NDP 2005 The National Day Parade, 2005 (NDP) is a national ceremony in Singapore on August 9, 2005 to commemorate Singapores 40 years of independence. ...


The six sub-units are as follow:


Active Provost Company (APC): This is the company that performs most of the important ceremonial duties required within the SAF. It also consists of a traffic platoon which ensures the compliance of traffic regulations by military personnel on the road as well as performing escort duties.


Zone Provost Company (ZPC): ZPC consists of MPs that perform regular raids for contrabands and/or miscreants on various camps of the SAF. A Deserter Platoon also perform regular raids in residential areas to apprehend deserters and AWOL offenders. The security of Mowbray Station is overseen by a platoon who is also in charge of registering and detaining suspects and offenders of military crimes in holding cells. The station is similar to a civilian police station and it is usually the first stop for detainees before their transfer to detention barracks after conviction in military courts. Desertion is the act of abandoning or withdrawing support from someone or something to which you owe allegiance, responsibility or loyalty. ... AWOL (pronounced a-wall) is an acronym for the United States and other armed forces expression Absent WithOut Leave or Absence Without Official Leave. The United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy use the term Unauthorized Absence (UA) instead. ...


Special Investigations Branch (SIB): The sub-unit that performs the important task of investigating military crimes committed within the SAF.


Security Branch (SB): No public information is available on this sub-unit.


Detention Barracks (DB): Headed by a commandant, DB consists of MPs in charge of supervision of detainees of the SAF who have been convicted in military courts.


School Of Provost (SOP): The school is in charge of equipping would be MP trainees with necessary and fundamental policing skills as well as instilling in them a high standard of discipline.


Uniforms

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The uniforms of the SAFMPC are rarely modified, but are sometimes done for the purpose of performances. These members had their white helmets replaced by red peak caps usually worn with the no.1 uniform for a National Day Parade performance in Marina South.

As is the case for other members of the Singapore Armed Forces, SAFMPC members wear a variation of uniforms for each specific usage or occasion. They are, however, probably most distinctively identified by the Olive Drab-coloured no.3 uniform worn by members of the military police, complimented by a white cotton belt, white lanyard with whistle, a white helmet with the letters "MP" in red type or a blue beret, and black combat boots with garters. When dressed in the camouflage-coloured no.4 uniform, however, they are distinguished by wearing a black leather brassard on the right arm, with the letters "MP" in orange. Logo of NDP 2005 The National Day Parade, 2005 (NDP) is a national ceremony in Singapore on August 9, 2005 to commemorate Singapores 40 years of independence. ... Marina South (Chinese: 滨海南, Mandarin Pronunciation: Binhainan) is a peninsula adjacent to the Central Business District in Singapore. ... Olive Drab is the color olive shaded green. ... a lanyard fixed on an infantry sabre handle A lanyard is a rope or cord often worn around the neck or wrist to carry something. ... Black beret with military emblem A beret (pronounced in English, except in American English in which it is pronounced ) is a soft round cap, usually of wool felt, with a flat crown, which is worn by both men and women. ... White wedding garter Garters are items of clothing worn around the thighs. ... Anolis caroliensis showing blending camouflage and counter-shading. ... A brassard is an approximate triangular shaped piece of fabric designed to be worn around the upper arm, held in place by a shoulder strap on the clothing underneath. ...


Members of the Regimental police, who are not considered part of the unit although having received training there, are always dressed in no.4 uniforms when on normal official duty. They also wear an armband, except it is made of cloth with the camouflage pattern similar to that of their uniform and have the letters "RP" on them. In the British Army, regimental police (RPs) are military police who belong to the regiment or corps which they police instead of to the Royal Military Police. ...


In ceremonial occasions and other important official functions, such as in the forming of the GOH for visiting VIPs and the Singapore Armed Forces Day, when performing ceremonial guard duties at important state institutions such as the Istana, and in military funerals, members of the SAFMPC wear the army no.1 uniform. The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. ...


The SAFMPC is the only unit in the SAF to don a unique cap badge design incorporating elements from the crest of the Singapore Police Force and the Armed forces, featuring the Coat of Arms and laurels from the SAF crest, but with the words "SAF Military Police" on a ribbon design similar to the SPF's crest. The Jurong Police Division Headquarters at Jurong West Avenue 5. ... Coat of Arms of Singapore The national coat of arms (or state crest) was first launched on December 3, 1959 together with the national flag and national anthem at the installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Negara at the City Hall steps. ... Binomial name Laurus nobilis L. The Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae), also known as True Laurel, Sweet Bay, Grecian Laurel, or just Laurel, is an evergreen tree or large shrub reaching 10–18 m tall, native to the Mediterranean region. ...


References

This article is about the year. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ministry of Defence (abbreviated MINDEF) is entrusted with overseeing the defence needs of the Republic of Singapore. ...

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