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.[1][2]

Home Team Academy
Akademi Home Team
内政群英学院
Logo of the HTA
Agency overview
Formed2 September 2006; 14 years ago (2006-09-02)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters501 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Singapore 698928
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • T Raja Kumar , Chief Executive
  • Zuraidah Abdullah, Deputy Chief Executive
  • Loy Chye Meng, Deputy Chief Executive
Parent agencyMinistry of Home Affairs
Websitehttp://www.mha.gov.sg/basic_content.aspx?pageid=324

History


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.

HTA had its operational launch in April 2006, and was declared officially opened on 2 September that year by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kan Seng.

Organisation


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.

Buildings


BlockNameFunction
1Academy HQAdministrative
4ASports ComplexSports and Recreation, Visitors' Centre
4BMulti Purpose HallIndoor Multi Purpose hall, Dojo
5Stadium GalleryOutdoor stadium gallery
6HTA GalleryIndoor exhibition centre
7Hall of HonourIndoor ceremonial hall
8Harmony HallIndoor function hall
9Unity Square GrandstandOutdoor parade square and grandstand
10Mess HallCanteen
11Pearl's Hill BlockAdministrative, Auditorium, Library
12Phoenix BlockLecture Theatres, Classrooms, Medical centre
12APhoenix Block AnnexHome Team Cadet Corps (National Police Cadet Corps and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps) Headquarters, HTA Medical Centre, VSC Training School, Cafeteria, Classrooms
13Foxtrot Company DormitoriesResidential
14Echo Company DormitoriesResidential
15Delta Company DormitoriesResidential
16Charlie Company DormitoriesResidential
17Bravo Company DormitoriesResidential
18Alpha Company DormitoriesResidential
19Range ComplexFiring Range Utility
20Range ComplexIndoor Firing Range
22Home Team Training Village Commercial PlazaTraining simulation facilities
23Home Team Training Village Residential ZoneTraining simulation facilities
24Home Team Training Village Residential ZoneTraining simulation facilities

Controversy


In November 2020, a male police constable was charged in court and claimed trial for being accused of filming a female colleague bathing in the shower room of the police training academy.[3][4][5]

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