The Singapore Police Force (SPF) takes training safety very seriously. We have strict and extensive safety measures in place to safeguard trainees against training accidents and injuries. We also plan our curriculum in a progressive manner to ensure that our trainees gradually reach the required fitness level.
Although we do our best to ensure a safe training environment, you are also responsible for your own safety. If you are not feeling well, you should inform your trainer or Field Instructor immediately. You know your own body best. Do not over-exert yourself as this can lead to accidents once oversight and carelessness set in due to excessive fatigue.
Training safety regulations
The SPF has a set of comprehensive training safety regulations in its Training Safety Regulations (TSR) manual. All training is conducted in accordance with these regulations. At the start of each training activity, you will learn all safety measures and requirements.
Nonetheless, training safety is also everyone's own responsibility so it is important that you understand what is required of you and your role in ensuring safety. You will be trained by our fully qualified Training Safety Officers on enlistment.
Before any training course, you will undergo a medical examination to ensure that you are fit enough to attend the course.
Inform your trainer or Field Instructor if you experience any of the following scenarios:
- You feel unwell before or during any physical activity.
- You sustain an injury during training.
He or she will stop your training and refer you to the medical centre for treatment.
Safety equipment and documentation
You will be provided safety equipment such as goggles, mufflers and gloves whenever required. The SPF has systems in place to ensure that all equipment used is maintained in full working order.
All accidents that occur during training are documented and investigated to identify areas for continual improvement. Audits are conducted regularly in compliance with the SPF’s TSR.
Your safety checklist
Safety consciousness begins during your Police Officers Basic Course. Take note of the following to ensure your safety during training:
- Report sick if you are unwell.
- Drink sufficient water the night before and especially during strenuous activities.
- Inform your trainer if you are not feeling well during training.
- Have enough rest during the night especially if you are taking part in a physically strenuous activity the next day.
- Inform your trainer before the start of a strenuous activity if you have been medically excused.
Operating in a hot environment increases the likelihood of heat injury. Any trainee suspected to have suffered from heat injury will receive expedient and appropriate medical treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms during training, inform your instructor immediately:
- Inability to continue physical activity due to extreme fatigue
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Change in mental status, for e.g. confusion, delirium, disorientation, seizures
- Headache and/or giddiness