SINGAPORE - For the second year running, the police division that serves the largest group of residents here has clinched a top policing award.
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Here is the statement from the Singapore Police Force:
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) held the Police Day Parade 2014 on Tuesday at the Home Team Academy at 501, Old Choa Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 698928. A total of 655 participants comprising officers from the various police divisions and units as well as the National Police Cadet Corps were involved in the parade segment, with about 1,500 SPF officers and invited guests attending the event.
Three prestigious awards, namely the Best Land Division Award, Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit Award and Best Volunteer Special Constabulary Unit Award were presented during the parade. These awards are the result of an annual review for all operational units.
The winners have received their trophies from Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, who graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour.
Best Land Division Competition
The Best Land Division Competition (BLDC) was first introduced in 1996 to honour the Police Land Divisions for outstanding performance. The intent of the BLDC is to encourage a culture of healthy competition, greater divisional esprit-de-corps and a heightened sense of mission-mindedness.
The performance of the six land divisions is assessed based on the overall scores collated from a common scorecard, which reflects excellence in a set of performance indicators categorised into the following three areas:
i) Mission effectiveness
iii) Values and readiness
Ang Mo Kio Police Division won the Best Land Division award this year. The Division was also the winner for Best Land Division in 2013. Please refer to Annex A below for the media statement attributable to Commander (Covering), Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Superintendent Leon Chan.
Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit Competition
The Best Police National Service (PNS) Land Division Competition, introduced in 1997, aimed to accord formal recognition to the PNS Land Divisions for their outstanding management of PNSmen and to motivate these Divisions to strive for continuous NS excellence. A review on the competition criteria was conducted in work year 2011/2012, with the objective of seeking greater alignment with SPF's Mission and Vision . Changes were therefore made to the criteria and the competition was renamed the Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit Competition (BNSORUC).
The revised competition assesses the performance of the PNS units based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) broadly categorised under Operational Readiness, Professionalism and Administrative Excellence. These revised criteria for BNSORUC are geared towards enhancing the operational readiness of PNSmen. In FY2012, in addition to monitoring the performance of the 6 Land Divisions, the performance of 4 specialist units was also tracked, namely - Airport Police Division, Key Installations, Police Coast Guard and Transport Command. With effect from FY 2013, these Specialist Units are also part of the competition.
The winner of the Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit Competition is Central Police Division. The division was also awarded the Best National Service Operationally Ready Unit in 2013.
NS Commander, Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (NS) Lionel Chai Yee Yuen, had set a clear mission for his division at the start of the work year to achieve operational success and administrative excellence. A key priority of the Division is to ensure that its PNSmen derive a great sense of satisfaction when they perform their NS duties and remain motivated to achieve excellence.
He also credits the success to the commitment of the Division's NS leaders, PNS Personnel Office staff and NS appointment holders in ensuring that the contingent is well managed.
Best Volunteer Special Constabulary Unit
The Best Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) Unit Award was introduced in 2005. VSC Bedok Police Division has once again won the Best VSC Unit award this year after topping the competition in 2013.
Head VSC, Bedok Police Division, Superintendent of Police (V) Tham Wai Kee commended his officers for their dedication and commitment to achieve high standards required of them. He said "the recognition by our regular counterparts will continue to motivate us in our duties". He also dedicates the award to the families of the officers who continue to support them in their mission to keep Singapore safe and secure.