Transforming the Home Team for the future

Home Team committed to staying ahead of challenges: MHA

03 Mar 2017

The Home Team will enhance its capabilities in 3 key areas to meet the increasingly complex security environment: Ramping up the use of technology, further integrating the Home Team’s operations, and strengthening the Home Team’s partnerships with the community.

Ramping up the use of technology

The Home Team will leverage the use of technology to better combat crime, secure our borders and save lives. People are central to this transformation and Home Team officers will be given the opportunity to deepen their skills, and master new ones. Jobs will also be redesigned as new technologies are introduced.

Technologies such as the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will feature more in the operations of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF). UAVs provide a bird’s-eye view of the situation and allow officers to make better ground decisions. SCDF has used them successfully in the Tuas View Circuit fire to locate hotspots that were out of sight of the firefighters on the ground.

Integrating the Home Team’s operations

The Government recognises the need to further integrate the Home Team’s operations so that it can deal with more complex threats more effectively.

To achieve this, the operation centres of different Home Team departments will be co-located. By the end of 2017, officers from the SPF, SCDF, Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) will work together within the Police Operations Command Centre.

This will enhance coordination of ground responses to incidents by enabling faster communication and information sharing between departments.

Keeping Singapore safe in a changing operational landscape

Strengthening Partnerships with the Community

Ensuring Singapore’s safety and security is a shared responsibility between the Home Team and the public. The Home Team is stepping up its efforts to strengthen its partnerships with the community.

For example, the Save-a-Life initiative by the SCDF to build a nation of lifesavers will be scaled up. Currently, there are 2,000 residents trained in CPR-AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation-automated external defibrillator) skills under this initiative. This will be increased to 24,000 residents, or 300 per constituency, in the next few years. The number of AEDs will also be increased to one AED for every two HDB blocks by 2019.

Businesses will also play a larger role in keeping Singapore safe. The Government will amend and introduce legislation to require businesses to adopt stronger security measures. The Public Order Act will require event organisers to put in place security measures for large events and those that bear a higher risk. A new Infrastructure Protection Act will also be introduced. The Government will take a practical approach to keep any additional costs of implementing these new security measures reasonable.

The Government will also work with tripartite partners to develop an Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the Private Security Industry. Apart from jobs and skills upgrading, the ITM will also focus on innovation and technology. The Security Agencies Grading Exercise (SAGE) will also be reviewed to ensure that security agencies maintain a high standard.

“The Home Team is committed to stay ahead of challenges, by harnessing technology in new and innovative ways, further integrating our operations and partnering the community,” concluded Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs, Desmond Lee.