Operation dagger : impact & impetus
Chong, De Xian
Date of Issue2016-03-23
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
the Singapore Police Force (SPF) began an island-wide operation in July 16, 1956 which involved a series of heightened and intensified police action. Codenamed “Operation Dagger”, it was an all-out police undertaking which aimed to “reduce the incidence of violent crime” and to “prevent secret society and gang fights” in Singapore. The first of its kind, the operation involved all ground assets in the police’s inventory, unprecedented in the history of Singapore. It was reported that following its inception, there was not a single gang fight, which was before was a daily occurrence, and that the percentage of violent crimes such as armed robberies had been halved. However, within 6 months of the operation, crime rate began to rise again. What exactly happened to result in this apparent failure?
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University