SINGAPORE: More than 18,000 Home Team officers will receive salary increases ranging from 5 to 12 per cent this month, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday (Aug 6).
Uniformed Home Team officers from the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau, will receive an increase of between 10 and 12 per cent in monthly pay, the MHA said. Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will receive an increase of 7 per cent, while officers in the Home Team Specialist Scheme will receive an increase of 5 per cent.
These pay increments will take effect from Aug 1, the MHA said.
The Singapore Police Force will also introduce sign-on bonuses of between S$10,000 (for Corporals) and S$30,000 (for Sergeants) for new police officers who join them from Aug 1, the MHA said. Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau recruits joining at the rank of Sergeant will receive a sign-on bonus of S$10,000.
Those joining the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority at the rank of Sergeant will get a sign-on bonus of S$8,000.
Officers from the Home Team, both past and present, were recognised at the Home Team National Day Observance Ceremony on Wednesday.
One of the officers recognised was Assistant Superintendent of Prisons Ng Wee Teck, honoured for winning the respect of his charges with his empathetic approach. One such inmate was a former gang leader, who grew to value Mr Ng's input while in prison during another brush with authority.
The inmate has since served his term and has not re-offended since his release.
Also acknowledged were the contributions of community partners from the public. These include 13-year-old Muhammad Danial Harith, the youngest recipient of the Minister's National Day Award (Public Spiritedness). Despite being punched in the face by a mobile phone snatch thief, he managed to help the police bring the thief to justice together with 22-year-old Muhammad Danial Anwar. - CNA/ek
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