An auxiliary police officer who kicked an errant rider off his e-scooter and knocked him to the ground Tuesday near Bedok Reservoir has been suspended.
The officer, employed by Certis Cisco, resorted to violently stopping the rider after he had evaded other officers signaling him to stop, according to the Land Transport Authority, or LTA, last night.
“LTA does not condone any behavior that deviates from the established rules of engagement,” the authority wrote regarding the officer’s actions.
In a separate statement to local media, Certis Cisco said the officer in question has been suspended from active duties. The incident, which happened at around 6:40pm, resulted in both the rider and officer being injured, the company statement added.
The rider suffered abrasions to his elbow and knee and was treated by paramedics at the scene. The officer was taken to hospital, it said, without specifying what his injuries were.
According to protocol, the officer, should have noted the appearance of the rider as accurately as possible and reported him to the authority.
“A disciplinary inquiry will be conducted for this incident, and we are providing full assistance to the police in their investigation,” Certis Cisco said. “The officer has been suspended from active duties.”
LTA, Certis Cisco, and the police are investigating the case.
While the transport authority employs its own officers, it also relies on auxiliary police drawn from several private security firms to catch errant PMD riders throughout Singapore.
On Tuesday evening, a number of them had signaled to the e-scooter rider to stop near a traffic junction on Bedok North Avenue 3. The rider evaded them and was moving along at high speed at the next traffic junction along Bedok Reservoir Road when he was sent flying into the ground by the kick.
“The APOs [auxiliary police officers] spotted a male PMD user riding on the road near the junction at Bedok North Avenue 3. When signalled by the APOs to stop, the rider took evasive action. He was subsequently stopped by another APO stationed at the next junction,” the authority statement said.
The rider’s now-impounded e-scooter was unregistered and weighed over the 20-kilogram limit, it added.
“LTA is also investigating offenses committed by the PMD rider, which include riding an unregistered and non-compliant (30.54kg) PMD on public roads, and failing to stop his device when required by an officer,” LTA added. “The PMD involved has been impounded.”