Home Team Academy
The Home Team Academy (abbreviation: HTA; Malay: Akademi Home Team; Chinese: 内政群英学院; pinyin: Nèizhèng qúnyīng xuéyuàn) is the training institute for various organisations of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore, including the Singapore Police Force, the Singapore Civil Defence Force, the Central Narcotics Bureau, the Singapore Prison Service, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, and the Internal Security Department, amongst other agencies. Located at 501 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, it cost about S$266 million to build. It was operational since January 2006, had an operational launch in April 2006, and was officially opened on 2 September 2006 with an open house and concert.
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|Akademi Home Team|
|Formed||2 September 2006|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||501 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Singapore 698928|
|Parent agency||Ministry of Home Affairs|
Plans for a new training ground to replace the Old Police Academy at Thomson Road of the Singapore Police Force laid the foundation for the development of the HTA. When plans were mooted to incorporate other organisations involved in law enforcement, such as the auxiliary police forces, the facility was tentatively named as the Law Enforcement Academy of Singapore (or LEAS for short). Subsequent changes, which also include the training schools of other "Home Team" organisations, led to a renaming of the complex to the Home Team Academy.
On 31 December 2005, a "moving parade" was conducted by the police force to signify its transition from the old academy to the new HTA. Police National Service Full-Time trainees of 121st intake and 42nd OCT batch was the last batch to pass out in the academy. After a simple parade at the old parade grounds, officers did a relay run of 42 kilometres to the Choa Chu Kang complex, where another parade was held. The police's Training Command thus began operations in the new academy from the beginning of 2006. The old premises was renamed the Old Police Academy by mid-2006.
The Academy took in its second batch of Police National Service Full-time trainees of the 123rd intake, which graduated with a passing out parade on 6 July 2006.
The Prison Staff Training School and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Training and Development Branch fully shifted all operations to HTA by February 2006.
The academy incorporates various schools, including
- Training Command (TRACOM) of the Singapore Police Force.
- Prison Staff Training School of the Singapore Prison Service.
- Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Training and Development Branch of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
Other Home Team agencies maintain an 'off-campus' presence for their training schools, e.g. SCDF's Civil Defence Academy.
Although the individual training schools maintain their training focus on their respective duties, the Home Team Academy seeks to harness aspects of training and knowledge from each agency and to share this across all the departments within the Home Team. It aims to develop new knowledge and skills, especially in the area of homefront security which may cut across all agencies. It also develops training programs with an inter-agency or multi-agency focus.
The Home Team Cadet Corps Headquarters (HTCC HQ) is co-located within the Academy, overseeing the managerial and administrative functions of the National Police Cadet Corps and the National Civil Defence Cadet Corps.
Architecture and design
Aside from containing lodging facilities for trainees, classrooms, a library and sports facilities, the Academy also contains a Training Village housing simulated facilities for trainees to undergo scenario-based training as part of efforts to inject realism into training. The purpose-built Training Village includes a "commercial and entertainment zone", and a "residential zone". The former has settings such as a bank, a KTV outlet, a food court, a jewellery shop and an MRT carriage and platform. The latter is a four-storey high HDB block with various apartment types for police training. Other facilities include a mock prison wing for prisons officer to be taught prison routine, inmate control and management, as well as simulated border checkpoint for skills training in immigration clearance.
In addition, there are purpose-built outdoor training facilities to train specific skills. For example, the Police Standard Obstacle Course is designed to build up physical fitness and agility, while based on frontline police officers' operational environment. The Experiential Learning Course is a high-rope obstacle course, where participants engage in various hands-on activities and gain insights into leadership, group problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.
|4A||Sports Complex||Sports and Recreation, Visitors' Centre|
|4B||Multi Purpose Hall||Indoor Multi Purpose hall, Dojo|
|5||Stadium Gallery||Outdoor stadium gallery|
|6||HTA Gallery||Indoor exhibition centre|
|7||Hall of Honour||Indoor ceremonial hall|
|8||Harmony Hall||Indoor function hall|
|9||Unity Square Grandstand||Outdoor parade square and grandstand|
|11||Pearl's Hill Block||Administrative, Auditorium, Library|
|12||Phoenix Block||Lecture Theatres, Classrooms, Medical centre|
|12A||Phoenix Block Annex||Home Team Cadet Corps (National Police Cadet Corps and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps) Headquarters, HTA Medical Centre, VSC Training School, Cafeteria, Classrooms|
|13||Foxtrot Company Dormitories||Residential|
|14||Echo Company Dormitories||Residential|
|15||Delta Company Dormitories||Residential|
|16||Charlie Company Dormitories||Residential|
|17||Bravo Company Dormitories||Residential|
|18||Alpha Company Dormitories||Residential|
|19||Range Complex||Firing Range Utility|
|20||Range Complex||Indoor Firing Range|
|22||Home Team Training Village Commercial Plaza||Training simulation facilities|
|23||Home Team Training Village Residential Zone||Training simulation facilities|
|24||Home Team Training Village Residential Zone||Training simulation facilities|
- "Official Opening Ceremony of The Home Team Academy". MHA. 2 September 2006. Archived from the original on 17 June 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
- Cheney, Satish (18 August 2006). "New Home Team Academy to bring all agencies under one roof". Channel NewsAsia. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2019.