The recent passing of SGT Uvaraja S/O Gopal, a dedicated police officer, has raised various questions and concerns. In response to media inquiries, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has released a statement to address the allegations made by Sgt Uvaraja and present the known facts surrounding the case. It is important to note that not all the relevant facts have been established, and detailed investigations are still ongoing.
Regarding the allegations made by SGT Uvaraja against his superiors and peers, the statement highlighted that all complaints had been thoroughly investigated and addressed. Some of these complaints are currently being reinvestigated in light of the recent allegations made by him prior to his passing.
The SPF acknowledged that SGT Uvaraja faced significant challenges at work, and his superiors made concerted efforts to support him. These efforts included coaching to address performance issues, multiple transfers to different work units based on his requests over the course of nine years, and granting additional leave beyond his regular entitlements. The statement emphasised that his supervisors also arranged counselling and psychological assistance for him, particularly after reporting work-related stress.
In addressing his complaints about misconduct by fellow officers, the statement shared specific incidents. In 2021, SGT Uvaraja reported fellow officers vaping within the Police compound. An independent supervisor conducted searches and interviews but found no evidence, resulting in no disciplinary action.
The allegations of racial discrimination made by SGT Uvaraja in 2015 had been investigated at the time. Officers were interviewed, and the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated. The statement emphasized that there are avenues available for SPF officers to raise complaints about discriminatory workplace practices, which are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.
The SPF reiterated its commitment to reviewing and investigating the allegations again, with the findings to be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The Minister for Home Affairs will then decide whether further review is necessary. These updates aim to provide transparency and ensure accountability.
In conclusion, the SPF’s statement on the allegations made by late Police Officer SGT Uvaraja highlights their dedication to conducting thorough investigations and addressing all complaints. It underscores their commitment to integrity, transparency, and accountability within the force. The statement serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to maintain a fair and just society where trust and confidence in law enforcement can thrive.