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AETOS secures Marina Bay Singapore Countdown project for the ninth consecutive year

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May 2018
AETOS Holdings has once again secured the contract to provide armed security services for the annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) – the nation’s largest and grandest New Year’s Eve celebration.

AETOS’ involvement in this iconic event began when it was first engaged by The Esplanade Co. in 2009. The current Event Organiser, Pico Pro, has chosen to continue with AETOS – a decision attributed in part to stellar performance over previous years’ countdowns and a proven track record in providing event-related security solutions.

Held around Marina Bay and the surrounding precinct, the MBSC typically comprises a wide range of events and festivities and attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually. The highlights of this year’s programme include visual displays of building projection mapping sequence and a fireworks showcase. An estimated 600 Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs) will be deployed across the district, performing duties such as crowd management and traffic enforcement.

Mr Patrick Koh, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, of AETOS Holdings, said: “We are proud to continue being a part of this significant national celebration. Moving forward, I am confident that AETOS will remain the preferred security partner for the MBSC and other prominent events to come”.
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We are Singapore: AETOS at National Day Parade 2018
Our officers were out in full force at this year’s National Day Parade. More than 850 Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs) and Security Officers (SOs) stood alongside the throngs of people at Marina Bay, performing key duties such as security screening, traffic enforcement, and crowd control.

2018 marks a milestone for AETOS as it is our first year as sole security provider for this major event. This achievement resonates with many of the officers that were on the ground that day, including LCP (APF) Sendhil Kumar, who had been present at two previous years’ parades . Having been an APO for almost a decade, Sendhil has accumulated a wealth of experience in event security and has been part of countless deployments – yet, the National Day Parade has always stood out to him because of the national spirit on display. To him, a united society is something to be admired: “If the people are united, they are like a strong pillar – the country will have better stability.”

For LCP (APF) Thana Raj, it is the safety and security of Singapore that stands out to him. While he recognizes the strength and resilience that helped establish our nation, he is also keenly aware that these qualities will remain essential in overcoming the challenges and adversities faced by the men and women entrusted with keeping the peace. “Working as an auxiliary police officer helps to make sure that Singapore stays safe – I am just proud to do my part”.

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