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Home Team Journal Issue No. 9

In this issue, we continue the conversation on transformation and leadership with Deputy Secretary (International and Training), Ministry of Home Affairs, T. Raja Kumar who illustrates key points in his essay on building a culture of learning in the Home Team.

The Journal also spoke with Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck, in the Leadership Interview. In this first interview he has given since becoming CP in 2015, he talks about the lessons from the cases he investigated over more than three decades of fighting crime, the ethos of public service that drive him, and the professional excellence that he demands of his officers.

Some of the articles in this issue were inspired by recent news headlines. These include deepfakes, cyber vigilantes, radicalized youths, returning foreign fighters, criminal scams, mass protests and gender. The articles were written by the Home Team's behavioural scientists, psychologists and research analysts, and experts from among our global partners.

Home Team Journal Issue No. 9

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HT Journal Special Issue

Home Team Journal Special Issue: Spotlight on Drugs

Illicit drugs continue to pose a global problem for law enforcement officers, policymakers and society at large. In this Special Issue of the Home Team Journal, researchers from various backgrounds and disciplines share insights on various drug-related themes, including consequences of liberalising drug policies, socio-economic impact of drugs on societies, the effectiveness of Singapore’s anti-drug policies and the public’s support for them.

The research in this Special Issue demonstrates that Singapore’s anti-drug strategies are grounded in evidence of what works and by its experience and challenges. Professor Stella Quah, Adjunct Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, is the Guest Editor for this Special Issue.

Home Team Journal Special Issue

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 8


In this issue, we share with readers a topic that is HTA’s core business and close to the collective hearts and minds of Home Team officers – leadership. We are honoured to feature an interview with our Permanent Secretary (PS), Mr Pang Kin Keong, who shares with us the basic requirements he has of a leader in the Home Team: “inspire and motivate… make officers happier in their workplace, more motivated, more committed.” Two other articles contributed by our Home Team psychologists anchor the theme on leadership.

The remaining articles deal with topics related to the Home Team’s mission of keeping Singapore safe and secure, such as terrorism, drugs and crime, and leveraging technology to enhance human performance in firefighting. In keeping with the journal’s role as a platform to stimulate discussions on homefront security issues, we are proud to publish a line-up that features contributions from both internal and external writers, including a special contribution by a public service veteran with four decades of experience in crisis communications, and a primer on fake news by the HT Behavioural Sciences Centre.

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 7


This special issue of the Home Team Journal shares the story of our Home Team Transformation 2025 journey. It documents how the Home Team has been thinking and working hard to ensure its continued effectiveness in an environment rife with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Through the cover story, we hope our readers will gain a good overview of the driving forces, domains of change, and our envisioned future to continue keeping Singapore safe and secure.                      

Whether it is in the present or the future, terrorism will remain a major challenge for us. Singapore has not been spared from the threat of terrorism since the early days of its independence, with the McDonald House, Laju and SQ117 incidents as reminders that we need to be ever vigilant. Drugs are another long-time scourge. Although there has not been a terrorist attack for many years and the prevalence of drug abuse is low, the safety and security we had worked so hard to achieve is increasingly vulnerable. The articles contributed by the Internal Security Department, the Community Partnership and Communications Group, and the Advocacy Office against Drugs and Crime elucidate the need for our approaches to evolve.

The Home Team Academy is also honoured to feature the contributions of Dr. Paul Gill of the University College London and Dr. Joyce S Pang of the Nanyang Technological University who wrote a joint research piece with the journal’s regular contributors, the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre.

When we speak of the future, the role of technology is an inescapable part of the narrative. In this issue, Home Team writers also share our latest innovative applications of technology in safety and security.

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 6

While social media has been around for nearly a decade, we are only just beginning to understand its impact on society and how it enables cybercrime, such as cyberstalking, scamming and theft of intellectual property. In the cover story of this issue of the Home Team Journal, "Unwanted Acquaintances: Cyberstalking as Experienced by Emerging Adults in Singapore", Dr. Majeed Khader, Director of the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC), Senior Consultant Psychologist and his team of psychologists and researchers explore the prevalence and impact of cyberstalking victimisation among Singaporean emerging adults. The findings, such as victim threat perception, distress levels and coping strategies are discussed. The article also calls for greater awareness of cyberstalking and gave suggestions on anti-cyberstalking measures.

On a similar note, Mr Neo Loo Seng from the HTBSC takes a look at online self-radicalisation in his article "Identifying Individuals Radicalised via the Internet: A Behavioural Sciences Approach". In his article, Mr Neo proposes the use of behavioural sciences research to aid law enforcement agencies in identifying individuals at risk of being radicalised via the Internet.

This issue also includes a special feature on Mr Benny Lim, our former Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs and Director of the Internal Security Department from 1997 to 2011, as he retires from public service.

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Home Team Journal Issue No.5

Law enforcement is a particularly stressful job. Firstly, there are operational factors such as exposure to physical risks. Then there are organisational factors such as time pressure, public pressure and limited resources. What helps officers “bounce back” after a stressful event?

In the cover story of this issue of the Home Team Journal, “Organisational Predictors of Stress and Resilience of Police Officers: A Singapore Perspective”, Dr Gabriel Ong of  the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre shares his ideas on organisational interventions that could boost the resilience of police officers.

Readers interested to find out more about other areas of the Home Team’s work would be keen to read up on articles on money laundering, the Singapore passport, evidence-based rehabilitation and contemporary drug policies. The contributors have distilled complex issues into articles that are engaging and easy-to-read.

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 4 

Apart from vigilant operational work, ever wondered how the Home Team keeps Singapore safe from crime or ready its residents for crises?

The 4th issue of the Home Team Journal is on Community Partnerships in Homefront Security and Safety: Engaging Hearts and Minds. Find out more about our approach to community partnership and engagement, as well as the imperatives and analyses driving these efforts. 

Home Team officers also make up the community that the Home Team seeks to engage. Readers interested to know how operational jobs affect the officers’ personality and how the family could support them can read the book reviews by Mr Koh Yak Leng (SPF) and Mr Yazid Abdullah (SCDF). Peppered with honest, personal anecdotes, readers would gain a deeper appreciation of the men behind their uniforms.

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 3 

This special edition features Dr Majeed Khader, Director of Behavioural Sciences Unit, as Guest Editor. With the theme, "Behavioural Sciences in Home Team Operations", this issue exemplifies the ‘3 O’ applications of behavioural and social sciences – namely, Operations, Organisations and Officer. This is an issue that anyone interested in social and behavioural sciences, and how they relate to Home Team operations, should not miss out reading!

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Home Team Journal Issue No.2

In this issue, we are honoured to feature our interview with the former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, Mr Peter Ho, who was also the Permanent Secretary for National Security and Intelligence Coordination (NSIC) and Foreign Affairs. This interview provides an overarching view on the changing landscape of Homefront Security in Singapore and his insights on how the Home Team can leverage on innovation and foster a culture of creativity to deal with new challenges.

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Home Team Journal Issue No. 1

The inaugural issue, Managing Crises at the Homefront, is our take on the uncertain times we are facing. The compass on the cover represents our crisis leaders. The compass is a timeless, classis instrument and its use is ever-present and constant even with changing events and technology. In a crisis, our leaders are the voice and presence who will chart the direction to follow in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty.

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