Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigation and Intelligence) Florence Chua Siew Lian became the first woman in Singapore to assume the rank of Deputy Commissioner, and concurrently, the first woman to head Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) Criminal Investigation Department. She was inducted into the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations’ Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame on 23 March 2019.
Ms Chua’s desire for an active and challenging job that allows her to make a difference to the lives of Singaporeans prompted her to join the SPF in 1989.
Ms Chua’s crime-fighting career includes some of the most high-profile cases in Singapore’s history. She was instrumental in resolving the ‘Messiah’ cybercrime case in 2013 and the ‘Sheng Siong Kidnapping’ in 2014, which was the first abduction for ransom case in Singapore in the past decade. As the first female Director of the Police Intelligence Department in 2015, Ms Chua led several high-profile operations to dismantle organised crime groups, unlicensed money-lending and scam syndicates, including the crackdown of the largest betting syndicate in Singapore.
While only approximately 19 per cent of the more than 9,000 SPF officers are women, Ms Chua has thrived in this environment and does not see gender as an impediment to police work. “It is my strong belief that gender should never be made an issue for officers in blue. Though we may face slight physical challenges as female officers, the job requirements are the same regardless of gender,” she says.
As the most senior-ranking female officer, Ms Chua heads the Police Women’s Committee (PWC) which supports the personal and professional development of female officers to improve retention and recruitment.