The Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC), an important component of the Singapore Police Force, contributed more than sixty years of volunteer service to the nation. It vests you with equal powers of a police officer and the opportunity to enforce law and order in Singapore.
The VSC comprises of volunteers from
all walks of life, from businessmen to blue-collar executives to
even bus captains, bonded with the same aspiration to serve the
nation by complementing the Singapore Police Force. VSC Officers
don the same police uniform and patrol the streets, participate
in anti-drug operations or even high-speed sea chase, regardless
of their civilian career or profession!
The mission of the Volunteer Special Constabulary is to prevent, deter and detect Crime through excellence in frontline policing.
VSC at A Glance
VSC was formed in 1946 to augment the
slender ranks of the regulars immediately after the war, when manpower
was badly needed to restore law and order. About 150 men responded
to appeals made in the press and formed the pioneers of the VSC.
The VSC had since grown and contributed significantly in maintaining
law and order in Singapore.
The first test for VSC was during the
Maria Hertogh riots in 1950, when VSC Officers performed duties
alongside the regular forces in suppressing riots. Other achievements
include the arrest of a communist arsonist, the arrest of a terrorist
suspected of grenade attacks in Bras Basah Road and the quelling
of the Hock Lee Bus riots in 1955. One VSC Andrew Teoh Boh Lan was
fatally injured during the Hock Lee Bus riot.
Part-time National Service was introduced
in 1967. The total force of the Special Constabulary, including
volunteers and national servicemen, was 10,000 by 1977. The National
Servicemen were required to serve 12 years on part-time basis. Up
to 70% of them were deployed for patrol duties in neighbourhood
policing units, in coast guard, radio and traffic divisions. A small
number was attached to field services to help in crowd control.
Part-time Special Constabulary National
Service was discontinued in 1981. However, some of them remained
in the Force as volunteers up to this day.
The strength of VSC currently stands at approximately 1,200 officers. At the apex of the VSC structure is the newly appointed Commander VSC, Mr. S Lakshmanan who holds the rank of DAC (V), Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police. The Commander is assisted by his Deputy Commander and Heads of respective divisions and units.
The VSC organisation structure was recently
reorganised to fall in line with the overall structure of the Singapore
Police Force to complement in as many policing areas as possible.
The VSC is always welcoming new comrades!
We hold periodical outdoor recruitment drives to attract the masses.
If you meet our basic requirements or a former Police National Serviceman
or ex-regular officer in the Singapore Police Force, we want you!
Why not make Singapore an even safer place
for your family and friends, by setting aside a mere sixteen hours
a month for this noble cause? Yes! Sixteen hours of police duty
a month is all it takes for a more meaningful life! A wide range
of challenges and opportunities await you!. Join the VSC and be
a truly extraordinary volunteer. Simply fill up the VSC
Online Recruitment Form today!
Terms of Service
VSC Officers may remain active in service
as long as he is medically fit, up to the age of 50 for Police Officers
(Junior) or 55 for Senior Officers.
Senior Officers perform a minimum of 24 hours
of duty per month while Police Officers (Junior) perform 16 hours.
VSC Officers receive an allowance of S$3.60
an hour by the Government, regardless of rank.
VSC recruits undergo basic non-residential
training at the Police Academy. The Basic Course is conducted in
the evenings, twice a week, for a duration of 9 months. It imparts
the volunteers with basic police skills, basic legal knowledge,
street craft, firearms training, physical training, drills and unarmed
They will be required to pass a prescribed
examination at the end of the training period. Upon completion of
their basic training, the VSC Officers have the opportunity to attend
developmental and advanced courses. Such courses involve leadership,
police operations and tactics .
Posting & Deployment
Upon graduating from the Police Academy, VSC
Officers are posted to various Land Divisions or Specialised Units,
namely 6 Police Land divisions, Airport Police, Police Coast Guard,
Traffic Police, Central Narcotics Bureau and Training Command. They
may choose their desired posting but will be subjected to the availability
and needs of the organisation.