Behind bars

This week, the Public Service Division (PSD) celebrated its staff during PSD Week 2014, as recognition of their contribution and service to the nation. There are about 139,000 public officers working in more than 50 statutory boards and 16 ministries, one of which is the Singapore Prison Service (SPS).

The SPS is a uniformed organisation under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Operating 24/7 in the confines of secured walls, barbed wires and metal gates, the prison environment is challenging and unique.

Driving the Singapore Prison Service is a team of more than 2,000 dedicated prison officers and 300 civilian staff members who are committed to ensuring the safe and secure custody of offenders.

With the help of technology, prison officers keep watch over 10,000 inmates.

At the Changi Prison Complex, the inmates' movement is closely monitored and controlled round the clock, and prison officers are trained to constantly stay vigilant and alert to contingencies.

As a correctional service, the Singapore Prison Service administers rehabilitation and re-integration programmes to help offenders turn over a new leaf.

Every inmate's rehabilitation is closely charted and monitored by a team of professional prison officers, psychologists and correctional rehabilitation specialists.

This article was published on May 24 in The Straits Times.

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