IPPT for Home Team NSmen suspended and limited services at ICA from May 16

This will last throughout the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period from May 16 to Jun 13.

Khalisa Zulkiflee

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Published: 17 May 2021, 12:09 PM

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that from May 16, physical counters services at Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will only be available for selected services that cannot be completed online, and services for which appointments have been made. 

Members of the public are advised to access services online via ICA’s e-Services as the Services Centres at the ICA Building will be operating at reduced capacity. 

Counter services and neighbourhood police posts are still available for those who require urgent assistance during this time. 

These tightened measures will be in effect until the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) on Jun 13. 

For Home Team NSmen, Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT), IPPT Preparatory Test (IPT) \, Remedial Training and Fitness Improvement Training activities will be suspended during this time. 

Community engagement and training activities such as SGSecure-related events and Community Emergency Preparedness Programme will also be suspended. 

However, enlistment of recruits will continue at the Civil Defence Academy and Home Team Academy with COVID-19 testing, and in-camp training will carry on for NSmen to provide and support essential services. 

Training that is crucial to operations, such as basic courses and training for ground response forces, will also proceed with strict health precautions and safe management measures (SMMs) in place. 

This is important for the operational readiness of the Home Team, said MHA. 

“Strict health precautions and SMMs will be in place. These include safe distancing, wearing of masks (except for strenuous exercises) and disinfection of equipment after every use, to reduce the risk of transmission,” added the ministry. 

“The Ministry of Home Affairs remains committed to the safety and security of Singapore. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continually review measures to keep our Home Team officers and the public safe.”

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