Prison Officer (Sergeant)
Embark on a highly meaningful and rewarding career in corrections. You will be highly skilled as a leader in corrections, making a difference in the lives of offenders and their families, and keep our society safe. Ours is a job that calls for nerves of steel, but a lot of heart. Be fulfilled beyond the ordinary – join us in a career that transforms lives, theirs and ours.
- Diploma (from 5 local polytechnics/ National Institute of Early Childhood Development/ LASALLE College of the Arts/ Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ Level, five GCE ‘O’ Level passes, Higher Nitec or Nitec
- Medically and physically fit (Male: PES B1 and above; at least a pass in IPPT in latest year)
- Normal colour vision
Starting Monthly Salary*
Diploma (5 local polytechnics/ NIEC / LASALLE/ NAFA)
$2,650 to $2,937
GCE 'A' Level (including pass in GP/ KI)
IB Diploma/ NUS High School Diploma
$2,650 to $2,937
Higher Nitec/ Nitec
$2,000 to $2,285
GCE 'O' Level
*Indicative starting salary for fresh graduates with the completion of full-time National Service, where applicable. Additional increments may be granted for relevant work experience.
$10,000 Sign-On Bonus
Newly appointed Prison Officers (Sergeant) may receive a sign-on bonus of $10,000 (given in two tranches of $3,000 and $7,000 respectively).*
*The sign-on bonus is subjected to further eligibility criteria.
- Annual vacation leave of 14 – 18 days
- Annual medical leave of 14 days or 60 days with hospitalisation
- Annual bonus and performance bonus
- Medical and dental subsidies
- Sponsorship for continuous education
- Group insurance
- Staff welfare benefits
- Use of government holiday chalets
INVEST Retirement Benefits
A contribution equivalent to 7.75% of your gross salary will be credited monthly into your retirement account, starting from your 5th year in service and will cease when you reach 56 years old. The monies are invested to earn investment returns. Upon retirement, you can withdraw the full sum in your account.
Strategic Payment Scheme
You can look forward to cash payouts of 3-months quantum of your gross salary (ASP and below) or 2.5 months quantum of your gross salary (DSP and above) upon reaching your 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 20th, and 25th year in service.
As a new entrant Captains of Lives, you will be required to undergo a 30-week Prison Officer Course (Sergeant) at the Home Team Academy, which will equip you with the knowledge and skills to perform your duties. You will be required to serve a two-year bond after you graduate from the course.
You will also undergo regular in-service training, relevant functional training and courses, and milestone leadership development programs for your professional growth as you advance in your career in corrections.
Under the HUS (Home Affairs Uniform Services) unified scheme, you can look forward to seamless and faster career progression up the ranks even without a degree, based on performance and potential.
After graduating from the Prison Officer course (Sergeant), you will be deployed as a Correctional Unit Officer (CUO) in one of the prison institutions. As a CUO, you will be part of a like-minded and highly skilled team that ensures the safe and secure custody of inmates. You will also facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates and ex-offenders. Through purposeful interactions, you will motivate and guide offenders towards a life without reoffending.
Under SPS structured career development framework, you may be deployed to other frontline operational work. Depending on suitability, you may also be posted to other functional areas such as Operations, Community Corrections, Intelligence, Investigation, Rehabilitation Services and Management, Technology, Training, Corporate Services, External Operations, Prison Emergency Action Response etc. Regular job rotation will provide you with the exposure and developmental opportunities to grow as a leader in corrections.
SPS supports the professional and personal growth of our Captains of Lives through various upgrading and developmental schemes.
- MHA Degree Scholarship for full time Degree studies*
- MHA Sponsorship/MHA Study Award for part-time studies*
- Professional Development Leave (up to 10 weeks paid leave) *
- Learning & Development Subsidy Scheme ($700 per annum)
- Enhanced Learning & Development Subsidy Scheme ($10,000 in the last five years prior to retirement)
* All permanent and confirmed officers are eligible to apply, subject to the criteria and approval.
Read about Chi Yiong’s career journey as a Captain of Lives here!