Old Police Academy, Singapore


Old Police Academy, Singapore

Coordinates: 1°19′47.11″N 103°50′15.40″E / 1.3297528°N 103.837611°E / 1.3297528; 103.837611

The Old Police Academy (abbreviation: OPA, formally just the Police Academy) is a police training school facility located at 1 Mount Pleasant Road off Thomson Road in Singapore. It was the primary training institute for the Singapore Police Force's Training Command until December 2005 when most of the school's functions moved to the new Home Team Academy. Today, various parts of the institution are being used by various organisations, including the Police National Service Department and the Police Driving School of the Singapore Police Force, and the training schools of Aetos Security Management and Certis CISCO.

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History

The Police Academy at its Thomson Road location first functioned as the permanent home of what was then known as the Police Depot in 1929. It continued to serve as a police training ground when the Police Depot was renamed the Police Training School in 1945, and during the period from 16 September 1963 to 9 August 1965 when Singapore was part of Malaysia and the school was named Sekolah Latihan Polis before reverting back to its former name upon Singapore's independence.

As part of the streamlining exercise of the SPF in 1969, the Police Training School was elevated to a full academy and took on the name of "Singapore Police Academy" (SPA), when then Minister for Interior and Defence Lim Kim San officiated the ceremony on 2 August 1969. The Singapore Police Academy functioned as the operation side of police training, while the staff functions came under the Police Training Department, before the two were formally merged as the Training Command (TRACOM) in 1997. The name "Police Academy", however, was retained mainly in reference to the training campus.

Buildings

Block Former Use Current Use
1 TRACOM HQ
2A Police National Service Department
3 Police Football Club, Changing Rooms
4 Sports Pavilion, Polwel Shop
8 National Police Cadet Corps Headquarters Police Logistics Department
10 Aetos Security Management
26 Lecture Theatre
27 Senior Officer Training Centre
30 Echo Company

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