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The Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) was formed in 1946 to augment the regular ranks in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) immediately after World War II, when manpower was badly needed to restore law and order in Singapore. About 150 men responded to public appeals and they became the VSC pioneers. VSC officers are vested with the powers of a police officer and work alongside our SPF regular and PNSF counterparts, contributing significantly to maintaining law and order in Singapore. 


VSC officers will be posted to one of the 7 Police Land Divisions or a specialist unit, namely the Airport Police Division, Police Coast Guard, Public Transport Security Command or Traffic Police and be required to serve a minimum of 16 hours of duty per month. 

Subsequent postings may include units like Training Command, Criminal Investigation Department and Central Narcotics Bureau where sufficient ground exposure and good work performance are essential pre-requisites. 

They may perform duties such as operations at major events, patrol, roadblocks and checks, coastal vehicular patrol (Police Coast Guard) and mobile patrol and escort duties for VVIPs (Traffic Police). 


Education Qualification: Minimum 5 GCE 'O' levels credits or NITEC

Nationality: Singaporean citizen or permanent resident

Age: 18-45 years old

PES status: Male A or B1; Female exempted


VSC officers undergo 6 months of non-residential training on basic legal knowledge, policing procedures, Police Defence tactics, first aid and use of firearms. The training is conducted twice on every 2 weekdays and Saturdays.

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1. Will I be exempted from my National Service recalls?
Answer: No, you are not exempted from National Service recalls.

2. Will I be paid for performing my duty?

Answer: VSC members serve without remuneration, except for a duty allowance of $5.20 per hour, regardless of rank.

3. How many hours must I contribute a month?
Answer: You are required to serve a minimum of 16 hours per month.

4. Will I be able to choose where I would like to be posted to?
Answer: You may be given a posting of your choice but it depends on the availability and needs of the organisation.

5. What is the retiring age for a VSC?
Answer: If you are medically fit, you may remain active in service up to the age of 55 years for both Police Officers (Junior) and Senior Officers. You may also choose to retire after 15 years of service. Alternatively, those who wish to continue serving with the SPF may wish to consider applying for the VSC (Community) vocation.

6. Are VSC officers covered by insurance?
Answer: Yes, all VSC officers are covered under a group corporate insurance plan as well as workmen’s compensation for injuries sustained during duties.

7. Can I re-apply after my unsuccessful application?

Answer: You must satisfy the minimum requirements before a re-application will be considered. The VSC Recruitment Department may invite applicants to re-apply on a case by case basis.

8. Can I apply for Regular Officer posts based on my VSC application?
Answer: No, a fresh application must be made for a Regular Officer position. Some of the minimum requirements for a Regular Officer position differs from that of a VSC. There will be no exemption from the Regular Officer’s basic training course even if you may have completed the VSC basic training.

9. Will I be considered if I’m pending or still serving National Service?
Answer: Those who are serving Full-time National Service or are waiting to be enlisted will not be considered.

10. Do VSC officers have any welfare benefits?
Answer: VSC officers are eligible to participate in most welfare activities offered by the Police Welfare Division.

11. Can active Auxiliary Police Force/Immigration and Customs/Prison/SAF officer join VSC?
Answer: Yes, but they would need to have clearance from their organisations/supervisors.

12. What rank will I get when I graduate from HTA?
Answer: Generally, new VSCs will receive the rank of Sergeant 1 upon successful enrolment. Subjected to approval, former regulars / PNSFs may be allowed to retain their last held rank.

13. Is IPPT compulsory for VSC officers?
Answer: Yes, IPPT is compulsory. However, a VSC officer who is an existing Regular Uniformed Officer in a uniformed organisation such as SCDF/S/PNSF/ICA/Prisons, can be exempted from VSC IPPT if they can produce the original IPPT results taken at their respective agencies in the same year. All VSC officers must pass the annual shooting test and Police Defense Tactics (PDT) test too.

14. How long is the duration of the training?
Answer: Training is conducted three times a week – on every Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays - at the Home Team Academy or the Police Cantonment Complex, depending on the courses. The duration is 6 months.

15. What are the training times?
Answer: Reporting time is 6.30pm and training is from 7pm to 10pm. For weekday, the duration of training is from 6.30pm to 10:30pm. For weekends, the duration of training is from 8:30am to 5pm.

16. How do I apply for leave if I cannot attend any of the training course after enrolment to the Intake?
Answer: You have to apply for leave in writing, indicating the reason to the Basic Training Officers (VSC) at Training Command.

17. Is there a minimum attendance required for the VSC training?
Answer: A 85% attendance is necessary before you are allowed to sit for the Basic Training Final Exam.

18. What are the components of the training that I need to pass?

Answer: The components that you will need to pass are: a) Foot Drills b) Basic First Aids c) Shooting d) IPPT e) Police Defence Tactics (PDT) f) Basic Police Law and Procedures

19. Can I resign from or take leave during my appointment as a VSC?

Answer: Yes, you may. There is no bond or minimum years of service with VSC before resigning. An exit interview will be conducted by the Head VSC of the Division for resignation cases.
You may also opt to take an extended leave of absence, if required, which can vary from 1 month to a maximum of 3 years.

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