The percentage of Police Operationally-Ready NSmen (ORNSmen) recalled in the last three years has steadily increased, said Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam on Tuesday (Sep 13).
Mr Shanmugam, who is also the Law Minister, made his comment in a written reply to a question from Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Desmond Choo. Mr Choo had asked Mr Shanmugam for the percentage of ORNSmen called up for active operational deployment over the last three years, as well as the efforts to re-design these NSmen's roles to enhance the police's capabilities.
Mr Shanmugam said the percentage of ORNSmen being called up was 76.9 per cent in 2013. It rose to 77.9 per cent the following year, and again to 81.4 per cent in 2015.
The police would call up as many ORNSmen as possible, said Mr Shanmugam. He added that some NSmen were not recalled because they were temporarily not deployable pending a review of their medical status, family emergencies or critical work commitments.
Said Mr Shanmugam: “Full-time National Servicemen (NSFs) and ORNSmen are an integral part of the SPF. In line with the recommendations of the Committee to Strengthen National Service, the police have been increasing the percentage of NS officers holding leadership and specialist roles.
“The police developed its NS Transformation Plan in 2014, to better train and deploy NSmen for greater operational effectiveness and offer a more meaningful NS experience. Under the Police NS Transformation Plan, the roles of NSmen in the following four areas were re-designed to enhance police capabilities.”
The four areas are: Community Engagement, Protective Security Command, Police Land Divisions and Special Operations Command.
Mr Shanmugam also said that the SPF’s priority in the next few years is to implement the Police NS Transformation Plan well. Police NS officers can look forward to meaningful roles, more training and development opportunities, new concepts in operations and the application of advanced technology.