A 25-year-old suspect who attempted to bribe a Police officer in return for not arresting him learnt that Police integrity could not be bought. Instead, he found himself being arrested for an additional charge of offering gratification to a public servant, in addition to the initial charges of Outraging Modesty and Disorderly Behaviour.
On 11 November 2011 at about 3am, Police officers from Marina Bay Neighbourhood Police Centre responded to an incident at an entertainment outlet at Bayfront Avenue. The suspect was reported to have molested a 23-year-old waitress working there. While being interviewed by the Police officers, the suspect turned violent and was placed under arrest. The suspect however offered the officers S$1000/- in cash to not arrest him. The officers ignored his offer and brought him to the police vehicle as the suspect continued to be rowdy and violent. While inside the police vehicle, the suspect again offered Sergeant Hamzah money for letting him go.
Sergeant Hamzah rejected the offer without hesitation and warned the suspect that action would be taken against him for offering a bribe to a public servant. Nonetheless, the suspect continued to try to bribe the officers. His offer was rejected and he was brought back to Central Police Division.
The suspect, a Latvian, will be charged in Court on 12 November 2011 for an offence of Disorderly Behaviour under Section 20 of the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, Chapter 184, which carries a fine of $1,000/- or a jail term of one month and Outraging Modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code which carries an imprisonment of two years with fine or caning. The Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau (CPIB) is also investigating the suspect for attempting to bribe the police officer.
Assistant Commissioner Tan Hung Hooi, Commander of Central Police Division, commended his officers for their integrity in rejecting the bribes. He added, "Their act is a testament of the high level of integrity which officers in the Singapore Police Force uphold.”