About Us




About Us

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) was established in 1971 as the primary drug enforcement agency entrusted with the responsibilities of coordinating all matters pertaining to drug eradication. In 1994, the “Committee to Improve the Drug Situation in Singapore” was set up to look into the drug situation and it recommended a total and integrated approach to deal with the drug problem. The four main strategies are Preventive Drug Education, Rigorous Enforcement, Treatment and Rehabilitation for addicts, and finally, Aftercare and Continued Rehabilitation for ex-addicts to reintegrate them into society. CNB took on the responsibility of preventive drug education in addition to drug enforcement.



CNB's vision is to be a leading and dynamic law enforcement agency in the fight against drugs and to make Singapore drug free. Our mission is to conduct vigorous enforcement against drug offenders, actively co-operate with local & foreign agencies in drug related matters and to promote a drug free lifestyle through preventive education and active engagement of the community. In line with the Home Team’s values of Honour and Unity, our core values are Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication and Courage. We also strive to care and develop our officers and contribute to society.



The Bureau is commanded by the Director who is assisted by the Deputy Director. There are 4 operational divisions in CNB, namely Intelligence, Enforcement, Supervision, and Investigation, and 4 staff divisions, namely Policy, Planning and Research, Communications, Staff Development and Corporate Services.



CNB adopts a multi-pronged approach in our fight against drugs. This approach involves tough legislation, vigorous enforcement and a high profile drug prevention programme aimed at sustaining a national consensus towards zero tolerance for drug abuse. One of the main key success factors in the total and integrated approach to fight the drug problem is rigorous, sustained and effective enforcement against drug abusers and traffickers. The enforcement action against drug abusers is made effective because the law allows for drug abusers to be committed immediately to drug rehabilitation centres for treatment, thus preventing them from continuing their drug abuse and from contaminating others. The law also provides for appropriate punishment to be meted out to recalcitrant abusers. In addition, the law provides for harsh deterrent penalties for drug traffickers.



We pledge to be loyal to the Central Narcotics Bureau and the Republic of Singapore,
to uphold the law and to discharge our duties in the fight against drugs with
courage, dedication, integrity and professionalism
so as to make Singapore drug-free.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013