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Home Team to recruit more officers, increase pay

Officers can also look forward to an enhanced retention payout up to $50,000. -AsiaOne

Sat, Mar 10, 2012

SINGAPORE - Over 2,100 officers are set to be recruited by the Home Team to strengthen its capability to meet new and evolving security challenges.

Of these, about 1,800 positions will be for Junior Officers and 300 positions for Senior Officers.

Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry Mr S Iswaran announced this in his speech today at the HOME Award cum Degree Sponsorship presentation ceremony at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza. A total of 37 polytechnic students and 101 Home Team officers received the awards.

"Many of the plans we announced in Parliament last week - such as the new Community Policing Strategy, SCDF's new marine firefighting and rescue capabilities, Prisons' development of a more structured aftercare regime, CNB's fight against drugs, and ICA's continued vigilance in securing our borders against threats - mean that we will need many more officers of high calibre to join us," he said.

Mr Iswaran also said that starting salaries for Diploma holders will be raised with effect from Feb 1 this year. Diploma holders who have completed National Service can expect a starting salary of up to $2,370, while those who did not serve NS will be paid up to $2,140. In addition, a sign-on bonus ranging from $8,000 to $10,000 has been introduced for Diploma Holders joining the uniformed services in the Home Team.

Junior officers will also see salary adjustments and a move from a system of fixed annual increments to a system of merit-based increments from 1st July this year. This will give them about a 10 to 15% increase in their pay.

To encourage staff to stay on, those who stay in service can expect to receive an enhanced retention payout that ranges from $6,000 to $10,000, from their third or fifth year of service. On completion of 13 years' service, a uniformed officer can look forward to a total retention package of $34,000 to $50,000 under these revised retention payment schemes.

Academic upgrading opportunities are also available, with programmes such as the Home Affairs Learning and Growth Opportunities Programme (HALO).

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