DPM Teo, who is also and Minister for Home Affairs, noted that in the first nine months of this year more than 80 new Citizen-On-Patrol groups with some 2,000 new members have been formed. He also acknowledged the 18,000 members of the public who have joined Community Emergency Response Teams, and Home Team volunteers who help officers with services such as counselling inmates and preventive drug education.
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Here is the speech by Dr Teo Chee Hean's speech at the opening of the Home Team festival:
It gives me great pleasure this morning to join you here at the inaugural Home Team Festival. At the heart of it, the Home Team Festival is really about people and partnerships. Through the Festival, we hope that members of the public can:
(a) have a closer look at the work of our Home Team officers, and better understand the complexities and challenges that they face;
(b) find out more about the technology and techniques that help them do their work better; and
(c) celebrate our many community partnerships and volunteers who put in time and energy to work alongside our officers to keep Singapore safe and secure.
Our Home Team officers work around the clock, even though some of this may not be visible to the public. Investigating a crime. Conducting a drug raid. Securing our borders. Fighting a fire. Responding to an emergency call.
Helping offenders to turn over a new leaf, and restart their lives. Regulating our integrated resorts. The Home Team includes 9,000 Home Team full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) and 37,000 Home Team NSmen, who make significant contributions as they work alongside our regular officers to keep Singapore safe and secure.
Even as the day-to-day work keeps the Home Team busy, our officers need to build up strong capabilities and make better use of new techniques and technology to constantly stay ahead of new, emerging security threats.