A Brief History of the

Central Narcotics Bureau


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.

A Brief History of Central Narcotics Bureau

The Central Narcotics Bureau’s

Vision, Mission, Values


A Singapore without drugs, where everyone can live, work and play safely




CNB supports the national consensus towards zero tolerance for drug abuse. In our mission to achieve a drug-free Singapore, we are committed to a rigorous, sustained and effective enforcement of the law against drug abusers and drug traffickers.

We collaborate with our Home Team, as well as local and international partners, to stem the flow of drugs into and within Singapore.


CNB supports preventative education programmes in schools, tertiary educational establishments and workplaces to create an informed community. Where there is awareness of the danger of drugs, the community can help us achieve a drug-free Singapore.


CNB supports programmes designed to treat and rehabilitate drug addicts and provide them ongoing aftercare and rehabilitation so that they may reintegrate into society. We work actively with the local community to garner strong societal support to create a drug-free Singapore.

We also work with like-minded international partners to uphold the international space for a zero tolerance approach to drug abuse.


In line with the Home Team’s value of Honour and Unity, our fight against the scourge of drugs is a calling we answer with professionalism, integrity, dedication and courage.

In our efforts, we also strive to care for and develop our officers and contribute to society.

The Central Narcotics Bureau’s

Organisational Structure

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.

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Central Narcotics Bureau:

A Proud Member Of The Home Team

The Home Team comprises ten agencies committed to a common mission to keep Singapore safe and secure.

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Ministry of Home Affairs Headquarters (MHQ);
Singapore Police Force (SPF);
Internal Security Department (ISD);
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF);
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA);
Singapore Prison Service (SPS);
Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB);
Home Team Academy (HTA);
Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA); and
Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)

Find out more at: www.mha.gov.sg
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Last updated: 5 Mar 2019