Direct-Entry Sergeant

Rise to the challenge. Be in the thick of the action – uphold the law, protect life and property, prevent and detect crime.


Be equipped to succeed in your policing duties with a residential training programme lasting 6 months (Direct-Entry Sergeant). Undergo a well-structured curriculum that includes lessons in criminal law, physical training, community policing, as well as leadership development.


Thereafter, you may be posted to a Neighbourhood Police Centre as a frontline officer to help you gain valuable operational experience and team leadership skills. You will then be posted to other departments and units, which may include frontline duties, staff work, investigation or intelligence.

Depending on suitability and vacancies, you may also be posted to specialist units such as the Police Coast Guard, Security Command and the Traffic Police.


Fulfil your full-time National Service liability by serving 5 years as a regular Police Officer, and still draw full salary and benefits. Pre-enlistees should apply 3 months before your enlistment date.


Direct-Entry Sergeants will receive a Sign-On Bonus of $10,000 (Higher NITEC, NITEC and GCE ‘O’ Level holders) or $30,000 (Diploma holders of local Polytechnics, International Baccalaureate (IB), NUS High School, NAFA, LASELLE and ITE Technical Engineering, or GCE ‘A’ Level holders) upon appointment.


Educational Qualification   Starting Salary*  
Diploma  $1,970 - $2,640
GCE ‘A’ Levels
Higher NITEC  $1,820 - $2,190
GCE ‘O’ Levels

* Starting salary will vary according to assessment of academic qualifications, relevant work experience and completion of full-time National Service.


As a uniformed officer, you will also be eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme. A contribution equivalent to 7.75% of your gross salary will be credited monthly into your retirement account, starting from your first year in service and will cease when you reach 55 years old. The monies are invested to earn investment returns. Upon retirement, you can withdraw the full sum in your account.


New officers can look forward to cash payouts of 3 months (ASP and below) quantum upon reaching their 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 20th, and 25th year in service.


In recognition of the challenging nature of Police work, you will also receive an annual cash payment, where the quantum of payment ranges from 0.5 month to 1.5 month, as you advance up the ranks.

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Last Updated on 14 August 2019