924 Home Team Officers Recognized at MHA National Day Awards

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SINGAPORE – A total of 924 local team officers were honored at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) National Day Awards on Thursday, February 24.

The annual event, held virtually again this year, commends deserving officers for their contributions and commitment.

Home and Law Minister K. Shanmugam delivered a speech at the ceremony which spoke about the challenges the team faces in keeping Singapore safe.

He said that as well as coping with the challenges posed by Covid-19, officers have also had to work hard to maintain public trust.

“I’ve spoken in the past about how a minority tries to delegitimize our agencies, tries to undermine trust in the home team and how we deal with that,” he said.

“So far we have treated it successfully.”

He noted that in MHA’s latest public perception survey in 2021, more than nine out of 10 respondents trusted the local team to fulfill the mission of keeping Singapore safe and secure.

“They said they trusted the home team officers to carry out their duties fairly, professionally and with integrity,” the minister said. “The home team have worked hard to earn that trust.”

In his speech, he also told officers that they must constantly seek to improve, transform and innovate, holding themselves to high standards of integrity and operational and service excellence.

He added that strong leadership at the top is vital.

“Strong leadership at the top and good officers throughout the organization is why the home team is where it is today.”

Winners will receive medals in five categories.

Of the 924 winners, 632 will receive the Long Service Medal for having completed 25 years of continuous service in government or any statutory authority.

11 others will receive the Long Service Medal (Police/Civil Defense). The award is given to HomeTeam NSmen, Volunteer Special Constabulary Officers and Civil Defense Auxiliary Unit volunteers who have completed at least 25 years of continuous service.

The Medal of Efficiency will be awarded to 216 officers for making significant contributions and demonstrating consistent diligence and dedication in their work.

The Medal of Honor will be awarded to 33 officers for their outstanding performance, skill, efficiency and commitment.

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