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More police quick response teams to boost Singapore's counter-terrorism efforts

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More police quick response teams to boost Singapore's counter-terrorism efforts

The Straits Times

by Fabian Koh

SINGAPORE - Singapore's counter-terrorism response will be given a boost, with more police quick response teams to be deployed at busy locations.

In-Situ Reaction Team (IRT) officers were first deployed in December 2017 and patrols will be increased in popular areas such as Orchard Road and Marina Bay to heighten security during festive periods.

Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam announced the measure on Thursday (April 11), emphasising the need for a robust counter-terrorism capability.

He cited the Christchurch shootings last month, to show how terror attacks can happen anytime and anywhere.

"If it can happen in New Zealand, it can happen anywhere. New Zealand is one of the last places you would expect an attack," said Mr Shanmugam at the police force's annual workplan seminar held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Read more: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapores-counter-terrorism-forces-to-receive-enhanced-training-and-equipping-shanmugam