Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Ratio of Local Population to Full-Time SPF National Servicemen Annually Since 2018

Published: 07 November 2023


Mr Murali Pillai:
To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) for each year since 2018, what is the ratio of local population to full-time SPF National Servicemen; and (b) how many Volunteer Special Constabulary officers are recruited for each year since 2018.


Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law:

1.  The ratio of Full-time National Servicemen in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to the local population since 2018 is in Table 1.

Table 1: Ratio to SPF Full-Time National Servicemen to Total Population
Year  2018  2019  2020  2021  2022 
 Full-time Police National Servicemen per 100,000 population 85 79  82  86  79 

2. The total number of Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) officers and VSC (Community) officers recruited each year since 2018 is in Table 2.

Table 2: VSC and VSC (Community) Officers Recruited
Year 2019  2019  2020  2021  2022 
Total number of VSC and VSC (Community) officers 180  148  91  67  63 

3. The VSC (Community) vocation was launched in 2018 to create more opportunities for the public to join the VSC. They patrol in areas with high commuter traffic, facilitate crowd control and traffic management, carry out engagement at events and roadshows, and assist with evacuation during an incident.