Special Tactics and Rescue (Singapore)

Special Tactics and Rescue (Singapore)

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Special Tactics and Rescue

caption=Special Tactics and Rescue Insignia
country= flagicon|Singapore Singapore
type= Special Forces
branch=Singapore Police Force
dates= (PTT) 197? - 1 November 1993
(STAR) 1 November 1993 - Present
specialization= Domestic Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement
command_structure= Special Operations Command
size= Classified
current_commander= Arthur Law Kok Leong
garrison= Queensway Base
nickname= "Police Commandos", "STAR Unit"
motto= "Vigilance, Valour, Victory"
battles= Arrest of Dave Teo Ming [http://alvinology.wordpress.com/2007/09/04/who-is-dave-teo-ming/ Who is Dave Teo Ming?] Retrieved on September 9, 2007.]
notable_commanders= Cyril V Gabriel (Pioneer OC, 1978)
Patrick Tay
decorations=1994 Johore Shield Team,
1995 Johore Shield Team,
1995 SAPU & STAR Challenge Shield Team,
1996 Johore Shield Team,
1996 ISPSC Team,
1997 ISPC Team,
1997 SAF Invitation Team,
1997 World Police & Fire Games,
1998 ISPC Team,
1999 ISPC Team,
1999 SAF Invitation Team,
2000 ISPC Team,
2001 ISPC Team,
2002 Singapore Shooting Festival Team,
2002 CNB Invitation,
2002 Thailand Open National Championship Team
identification_symbol=STAR Insignia

The Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) is the SWAT/HRT equivalent of the Singapore Police Force. Its official task is to provide the Singapore Police Force with a tactical armed-response capability, and its motto is "Vigilance, Valour, Victory". [http://www.specwarnet.net/world/singapore_star.htm Unofficial STAR Unit Page.] Retrieved on January 4, 2008.] [ [http://www.angelfire.com/wa/cagiva2/star.html Unofficial STAR Page.] Retrieved on January 4, 2008.]

Origins & History

STAR started off in the late 1970s as a part-time outfit called the Police Tactical Team (PTT), and was mainly used to contain civil disorder. During the early days, the Police Tactical Team was a motley crew of volunteer officers from the Police Task Force (PTF), who served even on their days off for a monthly allowance of $50.

The PTT, although drawing expertise from the PTF, were still limited in their operational readiness, skills and capability. Resulting from the need to provide the Singapore Police Force with a dedicated armed response team, the PTT was re-organised into "STAR" under the Special Operations Command in 1st November, 1993.

The unit is known for resolving cases assigned to them without being engaged in gunfights in Singapore.The Strait Times. September 9, 2007.]


Pre-September 11

Prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the role of STAR was to engage in neutralising armed and dangerous criminals, to resolve urban sieges that may involve hostages or firearms, protection of VVIPs and escorting of particularly dangerous prisoners. [http://www.specwarnet.net/world/singapore_star.htm Unofficial STAR Unit Page.] Retrieved on January 4, 2008.]

Post-September 11

After the events of September 11, the unit was also to undertake anti-terrorism duties. In 2005, STAR acquired a new maritime assault capability to augment the Police Coast Guard and the Republic of Singapore Navy in dealing with sea-borne threats [cite web|url=http://stars.nhb.gov.sg/stars/public/viewHTML.jsp?pdfno=20050202998|title=Speech By A/P Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, at Commissioning Ceremony of the STAR Unit Maritime Assault Capability, 2 February 2005, 10.00 AM at Police Coast Guard, Pulau Brani Base|author=Police Coast Guard/Special Operations Command|date=2 February 2005] .

The STAR unit has been involved recently in arresting a National Serviceman named Dave Teo Ming at the Orchard Cineleisure Mall without firing a shot, as it has been since the unit had conducted operations back in January 1996. The Strait Times. September 9, 2007.] [http://alvinology.wordpress.com/2007/09/04/who-is-dave-teo-ming/ Who is Dave Teo Ming?] Retrieved on September 9, 2007.]

election and Training

Application to join the STAR unit is open only to serving police officers, senior officers and TRACOM trainees.

To get the best people for the job, the unit holds an intensive and rigorous selection process. During this process, candidates have to undergo a full-day screening to evaluate both their physical and mental capabilities. After which, they are put through psychological assessments and an interview is conducted by an interview panel. Successful applicants will be notified to undergo a final medical review before starting their intensive two-week training and orientation.

During the two weeks, the candidates will be put through another series of tests to evaluate their capabilities in given situations. Those who make it through the final selection will then embark on a six-month training course which includes doctrinal and practical sessions in related disciplines.

The STAR team is known to have sent officers extensively for overseas training attachments and study visits with units such as Hong Kong's Special Duties Unit (SDU), Israeli Border Guard's YAMAM unit, Germany's GSG 9, and the Australian SASR. The officer exchange program with Hong Kong's SDU has been ongoing since 1998.

Weapons and Equipment

STAR officers use weapons that include the M4A1 rifle, G36C and SAR-21 Assault Rifles, the MP5 submachine gun, various shotguns such as the Remington 870, and Sphinx 3000 pistols (these replaced the previously used Glock 17 and 19) as standard sidearms. They also employ a variegated arsenal of sniper rifles.

Additionally, STAR deploys equipment for breaching and entering buildings, as well as a dedicated STAR Assault Vehicle, based on the Land Rover SUVs used by the British SAS, for entering normally inaccessible areas.

In popular culture

Fictional Television programs
*"The Dragons Five" (飞龙五将), 1995


ee also

*Special Task Squadron (STS)
*Singapore Prisons Emergency Action Response (SPEAR)
*Singapore Special Operations Force (SOF)
*Naval Diving Unit (NDU)
*List of special forces units

External links

* [http://www.spf.gov.sg/sites/star/index.htm Official website] en icon
* Keshvani, N. (May, 1997). "Police Life Monthly" - " [http://www.keshvani.com/print/policelife/aspkoh.htm ASP Steven Koh - the classic "tough guy" cop] ". Singapore: ©Singapore Police Force

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