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MHA committed to training its officers: DPM Teo

The Ministry of Home Affairs is committed to training and preparing its officers with the knowledge and skills needed to do their work effectively, said Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is committed to training and preparing its uniformed, civilian, and specialist officers with the knowledge and skills needed to do their work effectively.

Speaking at the Home Team Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said specialist tracks are being strengthened to help officers develop deep expertise in key areas, such as forensics and investigation.

More opportunities are also being provided for officers to develop and upgrade their skills.

In the last three years, 1,069 officers were sponsored for diploma, degree, and post-graduate programmes.

Separately, Mr Teo said the ministry will find ways to deploy its full-time National Servicemen and NSmen meaningfully to make better use of their skills.

Last year, the ministry also extended the retirement age to 55 to tap the knowledge and experience of its longer serving officers.

It also intends to re-employ more of such officers to supplement the Home Team -- both in numbers and experience.

Mr Teo said: "When our Home Team officers do their jobs well, we can all see the direct and tangible impact in making Singapore a better home for all of us.

"The Home Team offers a fulfilling and meaningful career, one that touches the lives of Singaporeans in real and meaningful ways, everyday."

More than 5,500 uniformed, civilian, and Home Team specialist officers will be promoted this year. 

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