SPF tells Stomp that man who told women "I can bring you into the jail" not a police officer

The Singapore Police Force has responded to a Stomp query about a video that shows a man identifying himself as a police officer and telling a group of women that he could "bring them into jail".

The incident is believed to have occurred at Pasir Ris Park during the Hari Raya period.

A caption accompanying the video, which was posted on Rilek1Corner's Facebook page, said that the women were domestic workers.

In the video, the man can be heard telling the women off. He also told them to "love your country" and to "respect your country".

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When one of the women replied that they did not do anything wrong, the man raised his voice and claimed that he was a police officer.

Snapping his fingers, he said: "I am a police officer and you talk to me in this way? I can bring you into the jail like that, all right."

"Luckily I got [a] heart you know, if I was a person without [a] heart right, I will f*** your a** up," he later added, warning the women against drinking in public after 10.30pm.

Following queries by Stomp, the police issued a statement regarding the incident.

They said: "The police have established that the man in the video is not an officer from the Singapore Police Force.

"The 20-year-old man is currently assisting in investigations.

"The police would like to remind the public to be vigilant and wary of persons who may impersonate as police officers to facilitate the commission of their criminal acts.

"If in doubt, they should request for the police officer’s warrant card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions of the officer.

"A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number. When the card is tilted at an angle, the holographic word "POLICE" will also appear below the officer's photograph.

"If they are still unsure of the person’s credibility as a police officer, they should call 999 for assistance. More information on how to identify and verify the authenticity of a police officer is available at https://www.facebook.com/singaporepoliceforce/posts/10154694598379408.

"Anyone found guilty of an offence of personating a public servant, under Section 170 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, may be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, and shall also be liable to a fine."

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