Sunday, 4 March 2018
Welfare staff to be stationed at every police division
Staff from voluntary welfare organisations will help to assess if offenders need help, such as financial aid or counselling, under a new initiative to tackle the deeper causes of crime.
These Cares officers - as they are known - will be stationed at each of the six police divisions here. When they come across an offender who needs help, they can refer them to a suitable agency for help and follow-up.
"Often when dealing with individuals who have committed offences, our officers become aware of the other problems and the complex circumstances surrounding them," Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam said.
He said some may have health issues. Some struggle to make ends meet, while others have problems with their families.
While investigators tackle the "crime-solving", Cares officers will look into the social interventions needed to address underlying problems that lead to crime, be it counselling, mental health aid or financial aid, the minister said.