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.
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
CNB’s vision is for a Singapore without drugs, where everyone can live, work and play safely.
Our mission is to Enforce, Educate and Engage, for a drug free Singapore.
- In our rigorous Enforcement against drug activities, we prevent the proliferation of drugs through intelligence, operations and investigations, guided by robust laws and policies. We collaborate with our Home Team, local and international partners to stem the flow of drugs into and within Singapore.
- Through Preventive Education, we educate the community on the harms of drugs and strengthen the resilience of youths to stay drug free.
- In our Engagement efforts, we work actively with the local community to garner strong societal support to create a Singapore without drugs. We also work with like-minded international partners to uphold the international space for zero tolerance approach against drugs.
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. Supporting the Director and Deputy Director are the operational line and staff divisions, namely Intelligence Division, Enforcement Division, Investigation Division, Operations Division, Policy, Planning and Research Division, Corporate Services Division, Communications Division and Staff Development Division. There is also an Internal Investigations Office and Psychology Unit that provide additional staff support.
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.
THE CNB PLEDGE
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.