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It goes without saying that every effort made by each of our volunteers is appreciated. No part is too small to play when we willingly give of ourselves in the service of others. That said, we all know there are those who have gone above and beyond, giving of themselves in no small way in their volunteer effort.

Here, we applaud these outstanding individuals our most dedicated volunteers for their unwavering contributions to the work of the Home Team and the safety and security of Singapore.

Award Descriptions


National Day Awards

The Singapore National Day Awards are a means of recognising various forms of merit and service to Singapore. They are further sub-divided into:

The Public Service Star

The Public Service Star was instituted in 1963. The Public Service Star may be awarded to any person:
a. who has rendered valuable public service to the people of Singapore; or
b. who has distinguished himself in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement.

The Public Service Medal

The Public Service Medal was instituted in 1973. The Medal may be awarded to any person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore or for his achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement.


Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award
(Home Team Volunteers)

The Minister for Home Affairs National Day Award (Home Team Volunteers) was instituted in 2011 and is presented to individuals who make significant contributions under the various volunteer schemes administered by the Home Team Departments. An initiative by the Home Team Volunteer Network, the Award is in recognition of the important role volunteers play in the Home Team.

Long Service Award
(Home Team Connection Members)

The Minister for Home Affairs’ Appreciation Lunch pays tribute to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) partners for their dedication and contributions to the Home Team. Every year, about 50 individuals will receive the Long Service Awards for their steadfast commitment.

Known as the Home Team Connection members, these individuals are respected professionals and community leaders who assist MHA and its departments in, among others areas, preserving safety and security, and counselling and helping ex-offenders re-integrate into society. They serve in the 30 Boards, Councils and Committees under the Home Team which include the Board of Visitors (Drug Rehabilitation Centres and Anti-Inhalant Abuse Centres), and the Board of Visiting Justices and Board of Inspection, National Crime Prevention Council, National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council, and the National Council Against Drug Abuse.


Awards are also given by the respective Home Team departments, eg. the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, etc. to recognise the efforts of their volunteers. For more information, please contact the department concerned directly.

Last Updated on 20 Nov 2018
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