Singapore-Special Tactics And Rescue
Unit Focus on Terrorism (29 Jan
Together with other Homeland Security agencies and the Singapore
Armed Forces, the Special Tactics and Rescue unit (STAR) has
taken on a new role of handling terrorist situations.
The role of the STAR unit has always been to engage in neutralising
armed and dangerous criminals and to resolve urban sieges
that may involve hostages or firearms. The unit also provides
protection for very very important persons (VVIP) and in escorting
dangerous criminals and those likely to attempt escape.
However, since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States,
the team's commanding officer said that the unit's role has
changed as it now involves the handling of terrorists, especially
that of suicide bombers.
Due to this new role, the STAR unit demands the best officers.
These officers must be in top physical form and must also
be able to make decisions and exercise judgment on the spot
without guidance and under stressful conditions.
The commanding officer cited that his unit would continue
to maintain a high level of readiness as it gears up against