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Five men and a woman, aged between 18 and 36, have been arrested by the police for using abusive language and voluntarily causing hurt to officers in four separate cases.
In the first case, a 36-year-old man shouted and hurled vulgarities at officers who were dispatched after receiving a call for assistance at Block 462 Sembawang Drive on Nov 11, at around 5.20pm.
In a separate case on the same day, an 18-year-old man was seen hitting himself on his head while officers attended to a case of dispute at Block 211B Compassvale Lane at around 8.40pm.
When officers attempted to stop the man from hurting himself, he became violent and assaulted a female officer.
He was subsequently arrested for voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant.
In the third case, an officer who was performing a routine patrol at a public entertainment outlet alongSentosa Gateway tried to stop a dispute but was assaulted by two men, both 23.
Another woman, 23, also grabbed the officer and punched him.
All three were subsequently arrested for voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant.
In the fourth case, which also happened on Nov 12, the police received report of a drunk man causing nuisance at a coffee shop along Lorong 10 Geylang at around 10.20am.
When officers approached the man and attempted to stop him from tossing things around, he kicked one of the officers.
The 44-year-old man was arrested for voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant.
The 36-year-old man in the first case will be charged in Court on Nov 13 with the offence of using abusive language against a public servant.
If convicted, he could be fined a maximum of $5,000, jailed for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both.
The five other suspects will be charged with the offence of voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant during the discharge of his or her duty.
They could face a jail term which may extend to seven years, with or without caning, fined or a combination of the punishments.
The police would also like to remind the public that they take a serious view against the obstruction of duties by the officers, as well as the inflicting of physical and verbal harm.
While policing is not without risks and hazards, the police have zero tolerance towards acts of violence towards officers or public servants carrying out their duties, and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law.