Far-sighted move to upgrade skills of Home Team

The paramount importance of continued training and development of our Home Team officers must not be underestimated ("Home Team's own academy to be a 'corporate varsity'"; May 17).

Singapore is a safe and peaceful country, and this is attributable to our Home Team's ability to maintain law and order.

Stability and low crime rates are the pull factors that attract people from all over the world to come to Singapore for work, studies and business investments.

The setting up of the Home Team's academy to train officers in a wider range of areas is a far-sighted move in the right direction.

It is important to look beyond our times so that come 2025, our trained officers will be fully prepared for any challenges which lie ahead in their careers.

With people becoming more knowledgeable of their rights, customised training will contribute greatly towards improving the quality of services provided by the officers.

More sophisticated, customised training is especially important now, as high-tech criminal acts, including cyber crimes, are increasing. This necessitates skills and expertise to combat such criminal activities.

There is no denying that our Home Team officers have carried out their duties without any fear or favour, which, in turn, earns the trust and respect of the general public.

Their professionalism and tact in dealing with difficult situations are appreciated not only by Singaporeans but overseas visitors as well.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng