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14 August 2019

Lifelong Learning in the Singapore Police Force

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By Syam Roslan (Photos: Training & Capability Development Department)


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The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is always reviewing its workforce strategies for new ways of maximising our officers’ potential. One such workforce strategy is to promote and support the continuous education of our officers. Under the SPF Care platform, the Continuous Education Programme (CEP) was launched to provide lifelong learning and development opportunities for officers seeking academic advancements. In this feature, Police Life takes a closer look at the different CEPs available to our officers and highlights several outstanding individuals who have excelled in their studies to become the Top SPF Graduate in their respective cohorts!

 

Under the CEP, the SPF offers several types of sponsorship programmes for part-time studies to cater to a diverse group of officers from different academic backgrounds. These programmes range from General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘N’/ ‘O’/ ‘A’ level, National ITE Certificate (NITEC) programmes, diploma programmes, degree programmes and even postgraduate programmes. The SPF has also partnered with several institutions such as the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Temasek Polytechnic to provide customised courses which are relevant to our officers’ work.

 

For officers who wish to take up part-time studies on their own, the SPF also offers the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Study Award – an initiative by the MHA – that reimburses successful applicants up to 80% of their course fees, depending on the relevance of the programme to the organisation. To date, at least 4,000 officers have benefitted from either the sponsorships or reimbursements through the MHA Study Award.

 

There is also the Training Incentives Scheme, introduced by the Prime Minister’s Office. This scheme also provides monetary incentives to encourage junior level officers to proactively pursue skills upgrading as it would help them to better meet the evolving demands of the job market.

 

While studying part-time on top of their work and family commitments may be challenging, some officers relished the opportunity to pursue their academic aspirations while serving in the Force. Despite the intense pressure, through sheer determination, our officers excelled and emerged as the Top SPF Graduate in their respective cohorts. Here are some of their thoughts on their continuous education journey and what they have learnt from their programme of choice.

 

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“It was an enriching experience that gave me a more holistic understanding of various disciplines that we can apply to our everyday police work such as human resource, sociology and counter-terrorism. To officers considering taking up part-time studies, I would say go for it! Good time management and determination will be crucial, but at the end of the day, you will come to enjoy the fruits of your labour.”

 

Senior Station Inspector Mah Chin Wah, Police Intelligence Department

Bachelor of Science in Management and Security Studies

Singapore University of Social Sciences

 

“I found the course to be very helpful, not only in terms of work but also for self-improvement. The management and psychology aspects of the course enabled me to better understand my workplace and colleagues. I would highly recommend it as it is a well-rounded course tailored to working officers. There is still so much more to learn and I will definitely continue to further my studies.”

 

Senior Staff Sergeant Mohamed Idris S/O Mohamed Abdul Wahab, Special Operations Command

Bachelor of Science in Management and Security Studies

Singapore University of Social Sciences

 

“Initially, I was hesitant to sign up for the course due to my age and the demands of my job as an Investigation Officer. However, with the support and encouragement of my supervisors and my family, I ultimately decided to give it a shot. It was not easy juggling work, family and studies over the past 2.5 years, but I persevered and benefitted immensely from the course. I hope my experience can give my fellow officers the final push to sign up for their choice of course and upgrade themselves, be it for work or personal reasons.”

 

Station Inspector Tan Kai Aik, Eric, Jurong Division

Diploma in Police and Security Studies

Temasek Polytechnic


Last Updated on 14 August 2019