Singapore’s reputation for safety and low crime rates is not solely due to the Singapore Police Force. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) plays a pivotal role in maintaining secure custody of offenders and facilitating their rehabilitation. This article provides an in-depth look at the financial rewards you can anticipate if you choose to join the SPS as a Prison Officer.

What Does a Prison Officer Stand to Earn?

As a Sergeant in the SPS, your salary could range from $2,000 to $2,991, contingent on your educational qualifications, relevant work experience, and completion of full-time National Service. In contrast, the median graduate starting salary for diploma holders and NITEC (without NS) was $2,600 and $1,720, respectively, in 2022.

If you join as a Rehabilitation Officer, your earnings could be between $4,800 and $5,499, again depending on your qualifications, experience, and National Service status. The median graduate starting salary for degree holders was $4,200 in 2022.

Beyond the base salary, Prison Officers enjoy a variety of benefits, including annual leave, medical leave, bonuses, continuous education sponsorship, group insurance, subsidised medical and dental care, staff welfare benefits, and access to government holiday chalets.

The Perks of a Sign-On Bonus

Sergeants may also qualify for a Sign-On Bonus of $10,000, distributed in two tranches of $3,000 and $7,000. However, Rehabilitation Officers are not eligible for this bonus.

Entry Requirements and Training

The SPS, being a uniformed service, has physical requirements for its officers. Both Sergeants and Rehabilitation Officers must meet these. However, the entry educational qualifications differ. Sergeants enter with Diploma/GCE ‘A’ Levels/Higher Nitec qualifications, while Rehabilitation Officers enter with a Degree pass in any discipline.

New entrants are required to undergo a Prison Officer Course, lasting 30 weeks for Sergeants and 38 weeks for Rehabilitation Officers. This course includes physical training, tactical readiness, and academic components to prepare new officers for their roles. Regular in-service training, functional training, and leadership development programs are also provided throughout their career. After graduating from the course, all new Prison Officers are required to serve a two-year bond.

The SPS supports its officers in continuous self-improvement through various upgrading and developmental schemes.

Retirement Schemes

Both Sergeants and Rehabilitation Officers qualify for the INVEST Scheme, as well as the Strategic Payment Scheme and Police (Invest) payment.

Under the INVEST Scheme, a contribution equivalent to 7.75% to 13.25% of the gross salary is credited monthly into the officer’s retirement account. This starts from the fifth year of service and ceases when the officer reaches 56 years old. The funds are invested to earn investment returns, and upon retirement, the officer can withdraw the full sum in the retirement account.

Officers also receive a Retention Reward for staying in the service. According to the Strategic Payment Scheme, officers can look forward to cash payouts of three months (ASP and below) or 2.5 months (DSP and above) quantum upon reaching their 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 20th, and 25th year in service.

More Than Just Security: The Role of a Prison Officer

For the SPS, being a prison officer is more than just a job for job security. It is about being a Captain of Lives. While ensuring security and protecting citizens are important aspects of the job, rehabilitation is equally crucial. Prison officers play a vital role in helping offenders develop the skills and support they need to stop offending.

Joining the SPS is an opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of offenders and inspire everyone towards a society without re-offending.

FMS’s Take on a Career in the Singapore Prison Service

Joining the SPS as a Prison Officer offers competitive salaries, sign-on bonuses, and a range of benefits and incentives. Sergeants can expect to earn between $2,000 and $2,991, while Rehabilitation Officers can earn between $4,800 and $5,499. Both positions come with additional benefits such as annual leave, medical leave, bonuses, sponsorship for continuous education, insurance coverage, and more.

Prison Officers are also eligible for retirement benefits under the INVEST Scheme and receive retention rewards for their years of service. Beyond financial rewards, joining the SPS is an opportunity to contribute to society by promoting rehabilitation and making a positive impact in the lives of offenders.

At FMS, we recommend our clients to invest in dividend funds as a strategy to build passive income. For instance, if a client invests $48,000 per year for 10 years at a 6% yield, the total value of the portfolio after 10 years would be $587,000, generating an annual passive income of $35,220 at a 6% yield.

Building passive income is beneficial for three main reasons:

  1. It provides a steady stream of income.
  2. It offers financial security and independence.
  3. It allows for a comfortable retirement.

A career in the SPS offers not just a competitive salary and benefits, but also the opportunity to make a significant impact on society.

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Benjamin Low
Benjamin Low

Benjamin is known as The Passive Income Guy. He has helped hundreds of people to build passive income. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Certified Private Banker (CPB).

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