SECURITY GUIDELINES ON THE KIRPAN

Kirpan is allowed to be carried in public if it meets the following security criteria:
1) The blade should not be more than 6 inches
2) The blade should be blunted or dull
3) It is to be sheathed at all times, and not openly displayed

Carrying of Kirpan

Entry into Security Events

Person should not bring Kirpan to such events.
Carrying of Kirpan into major security events (e.g. NDP, events attended by VVIPs) will be prohibited, even if the 3 security criteria are met. Person detected carrying Kirpan at these events will be advised to safekeep the Kirpan elsewhere if he / she wishes to enter (e.g. vehicles). However, if the Kirpan is assessed to be an accessory (e.g. pendant) and inoperative as a weapon, entry will be allowed.
Police is considering the feasibility of providing on-site facility to keep the Kirpan. However, this will be the last resort as such arrangement may not be due to ground constraints.

Entry into Key Installations
Examples of key installations are Parliament House, Istana, Government Buildings, Military Facilities, PUB, etc. Entry is subjected to security arrangement by the respective domain owners. For installations under Police purview Kirpans meeting the security criteria would be allowed, with the exception of Parliament House and Istana.

For Kirpans that do not meet security guidelines:
– Person will be advised to safe-keep the Kirpan if he / she wishes to enter (e.g. vehicles).
– However, if the Kirpan is assessed to be an accessory (e.g. pendant) and inoperative as a weapon, entry will be allowed.

Carrying of Kirpan in Public Areas
Should a person in a public place be checked by Police Officers, and found to be carrying a Kirpan, Police officers would take into considerations:-
– if the person is a baptised Sikh; &
– if the Kirpan meets the security criteria.

If the Kirpan does not meet the criteria and there is no security concern, the Sikh will be advised to seek advice from SAB on the recommended type of Kirpan.
Note : Police officers conduct check on person only when there is ground to do so.

Incoming Travelers at Checkpoints
To facilitate screening processes, travelers are advised to declare their Kirpan at the Checkpoint.

Meet security guidelines:
– If declared, person will be allowed to proceed.
– If undeclared, and there is no security concern, person will be allowed to move on.

Do not meet security guidelines:
– Regardless if declared or undeclared, and assessed to be of no security concern, person will be seek advice from SAB on the recommended type of Kirpan.
– Kirpan may be seized for assessment by Arms & Explosives Branch.

Moving Forward

Pending further deliberation, the security guidelines will be implemented by 1 Apr 2012.
Seek SAB’s assistance to communicate the security guidelines to the Sikh community.