Police Heritage Centre
Address: Police Headquarters, New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
Opening hours: Tuesday to Fridays -10am - 5.30pm, Sat -10am - 1.00pm. Closed on Mondays, Sundays and public holidays
Guided tours: Free
Visits by appointment only. Group visit of 30 pax or less are encouraged for an optimal experience.
The police force in Singapore has certainly come a long way since its first 11 officers, in their trademark khaki shorts, began maintaining the peace on the island in 1819.
The original force was under the command of Francis James Bernard, son-in-law of William Farquhar. Operating on a monthly budget of just $300, it worked closely with the various community leaders on the island, starting a partnership with the community that has lasted till today.
The Singapore Police Force has since grown to over 38,000 men and women, with over thirty Neighbourhood Police Centres, sixty Neighbourhood Police Posts, and various other land and marine establishments spread across the island. The budget has grown considerably from its initial $300 to over $1 billion today.
The Police Heritage Centre is house in the Police Headquarters at New Phoenix Park, Irrawaddy Road . It showcases the history of the force, and provides an insight into the work of the men and women who have contributed to law and order of Singapore, including those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Many unsung civilian heroes and the community at large are also paid tribute to in this centre.
Significant cases and operations throughout its history are highlighted, with related artefacts that make them come alive.
Best of all are the audiovisual materials used to tell the stories. Police staff from various units helped make the materials, from doing voice recordings to being roped in to act in the various videos to posing for photographs that illustrate what the force does today.
These multi-dimensional displays vividly recreates the past and present days of policing in Singapore, and gives visitors a perspective of the rule of law in Singapore and how it has developed over the years.
Test yourself with the display of street signs. Four are where former Police Headquarters were located, and five are named after former Heads of Police.
Please check out other museums in our guide:
Images of Singapore
Chinatown Heritage Centre
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Memories at Old Ford Factory
Wood Bridge Museum
Singapore Art Museum
Mint Museum of Toys
Art Retreat incorporating Wu Guanzhong Gallery
Asian Civilizations Museum
Alliance Francaise de Singapour