Among an army of talented people passionate about serving Singapore are a prison psychologist, a deputy warden who reviews policy and a captain in the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF). Together they are part of a strong network of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) professionals, working together seamlessly to protect the safety and security of the country.
The Ministry, also known as the Local Team, comprises 11 agencies, including Ministry Headquarters, Singapore Police Force (SPF), Homeland Security Department (ISD), SCDF, Immigration and Checkpoints (ICA), Singapore Prison Service (SPS), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Home Team Academy (HTA), Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE).
While most people are familiar with the work of frontline officers who keep the nation safe, a group of MHA officers work behind the scenes to protect lives and safeguard the social fabric of Singapore.
One such person is SPS psychologist Arvina Manoo, who completed her Masters in Clinical Forensic Psychology at King’s College London on a postgraduate scholarship in 2018. A key part of her work involves rehabilitating male offenders through group therapy.
She has had many different and difficult life experiences shared by offenders as she walks alongside them on their journey to change. But from these, stories of hope, strength and optimism emerge.