Singapore University of Social Sciences

Public Safety and Security in Singapore

Public Safety and Security in Singapore (PSS219)


PSS219 Public Safety and Security in Singapore is designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of the concept of public safety and public security. This course examines the threat environment that Singapore faces, and discusses strategies and initiatives by the government and relevant authorities to keep the nation safe and secure. The course also highlights factors that contribute to the perception of security. Through sharing by practitioners, this course aims to provide students the opportunity to conceptualise the application of policies and practices in keeping Singapore safe. Students will also learn the principles of stakeholder management and engagement in the development of safety and security policies for Singapore. At the end of this course, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Singapore’s safety and security landscape. With that knowledge, they will be able to critically evaluate the challenges and formulate plans to mitigate threats.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Introduction to public safety and security
  • Historical establishment of Singapore’s public security
  • Fundamental elements of public safety and security
  • Roles and functions of agencies, ethical consideration and factors contributing to a sense of security
  • Threats to Singapore safety and security
  • Challenges in addressing threats
  • Strategies in safeguarding Singapore
  • Mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Stakeholder management and engagement
  • Mental states and behaviours during emergencies, resilience building and community engagement
  • Technological innovation in public safety and security
  • Future of public safety and security in Singapore

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the concept of public safety and security (B2)
  • Describe the roles and functions of agencies contributing to Singapore’s safety and security (B2)
  • Summarise governmental policies and strategies for public safety and security (B2)
  • Examine approaches to mitigating and responding to security threats (B4)
  • Illustrate the different types of threats and mental states and behaviours during emergencies (B3)
  • Compare strategies to engage stakeholders and build resilience (B4)
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