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A job unlike any other – meet four youths who’ve chosen to help keep Singapore safe and secure.

Hearts swelling with pride, in the company of their parents and teachers… 

On 21 April 2018, 55 youths received Sponsorship Awards from the Home Team. The Awards are given to polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students with good academic results and who have displayed leadership qualities. They join 378 former Award recipients who have already graduated and are now working in the Home Team. 

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At the Home Team Diploma and ITE Sponsorship Awards Ceremony. PHOTOS: Ash Tiswari

We spoke to four Award recipients to learn why they’ve chosen to serve and what they’re looking forward to in their journey with the Home Team.

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PHOTO: Home Team News

Pravek Prakash, 20, Republic Polytechnic

Recipient of the Home Team Diploma Sponsorship Award from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)

“I chose to join the Home Team because of my interest in the work of the CNB. It upsets me that drug dealers profit by exploiting other people. Exploiting someone’s weakness and making him or her suffer – that’s not acceptable to me. So I see joining the Home Team as an opportunity to do something about this. 

“When my parents found out that I’d received the Award, they were very happy and supportive, because they knew it had been my dream since secondary school. 

“Right now I’m in my final year of studies in Pharmaceutical Science, after which I’ll graduate and do my National Service before joining the CNB. I’m looking forward to the future, and want to make a difference.”

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PHOTO: HomeTeam News

Muhd Danial Bin Muhd Reymie, 22, ITE College Central
Recipient of the Home Team ITE Sponsorship Award from the Singapore Police Force (SPF)

“I developed a great interest in Policing while serving my National Service with the SPF. I was posted to Jurong Police Division and I remember taking calls from people who needed help. It showed me a side of life that I didn’t know about before, and made me want to do something for the community. 

“I chose to join the Home Team because I really want to contribute to Singapore’s safety and security, especially given the growing threat of terrorism. 

“Right now I’m in my final year of studies at ITE. I’ll be going to polytechnic next year, and then joining the SPF after I graduate. 

“Receiving this Award means I’m one step closer to becoming a Home Team officer. It motivates me to study and work harder to become a good officer and play my part in keeping Singapore safe.” 

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PHOTO: Home Team News

Jasmine Goh, 20, Temasek Polytechnic 
Recipient of the Home Team Diploma Sponsorship Award from the Singapore Prison Service (SPS)

“I’ve always been passionate about serving the community and hope to play a role in changing the lives of people. That’s why I chose to join the SPS. 

“My parents were surprised when I first told them, but now they understand it’s what I want. My friends feel proud of me too. 

“I’m glad to receive this Award because I know that my work will be meaningful. I’m in my final year of studies and am very excited about joining the SPS after that.”

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PHOTO: Home Team News

Manzurah Roshan Binte Mohammed Ibrahim, 19, Nanyang Polytechnic 
Recipient of the Home Team Diploma Sponsorship Award from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)

“I was inspired by my brother to join the Home Team as he’s always sharing with me his experiences as an SCDF Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) officer. His name is Rasheedh Ibrahim and he’s been a DART officer for almost five years; I saw how he become more confident through the Home Team, and I believe that being a Home Team officer will allow me to grow as an individual and have a fulfilling career. 

“I feel very honoured to receive this Award. It means that I’ll be able to play my part in keeping Singapore safe and secure. When my family found out about the Award, they were also very happy and supportive of my decision. 

“I have a lot of respect for what Home Team officers do. Their jobs aren’t easy, but they go the extra mile to serve others. 

“I’ll finish my last year of studies in 2019, and then I’ll join the SCDF to begin my Paramedic training. I feel nervous, excited and thankful for opportunity. I’m really looking to it!”

Read the speech delivered at the Home Team Diploma and ITE Sponsorship Awards Ceremony 2018 by Second Minister for Home Affairs Mrs Josephine Teo.
© 2019 Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. All Rights Reserved.


  1. by Mike Tan
  2. 27 April 2018
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