SINGAPORE: Officers who attended an incident in which a 31-year-old woman jumped from an HDB block near Eunos Crescent acted correctly and under procedures, Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said Friday . (September 23).
In a joint press release, the police and SCDF said they were aware of comments online about whether they could have done more to prevent the incident that happened Tuesday.
Police received a call for assistance at 36 Eunos Crescent at 6:30 p.m. that day.
“The first few police officers arrived at the scene at 6:43 PM and immediately went to the unit, but the unit was locked,” SPF and SCDF said in the press release.
A second pair of police officers arrived at 6:44 PM and went to the ground floor.
“They saw a woman standing on the ledge of the unit,” authorities said, adding that other police officers arrived shortly after.
“The officers on the ground floor engaged the woman to try to stop her from jumping off the ledge, both in English and in her native language.
“However, the woman was not receptive to the police officers’ attempts to calm her, nor to withdraw from the ledge into the unit.”
SCDF was notified of the incident at 6:43 p.m. and within eight minutes a Red Rhino vehicle arrived at the scene, followed shortly by a fire truck and an ambulance.
“However, the woman jumped off the ledge at 6:54 PM, within minutes of SCDF’s arrival, just as the crew was delivering rescue equipment to the unit and as the rescue package was on its way to the site,” SPF and SCDF said.
The woman was conscious and taken to hospital. She was subsequently arrested under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2008, police said in a response to the media on Wednesday.
“Police are aware of videos circulating online about the incident and are urging the public not to distribute the videos and not speculate about the case,” she added.
On Friday, SPF and SCDF also acknowledged the efforts of two members of the public who had seen the woman on the ledge and attempted to attack her before police arrived.