Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore)
Logo of the MHA
New Phoenix Park, where the Ministry of Home Affairs is located
|Jurisdiction||Government of Singapore|
|Headquarters||New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
|Annual budget||5.00 billion (est) SGD (2015)|
The Ministry of Home Affairs (Abbreviation: MHA; Malay: Kementerian Ehwal Dalam Negeri; Chinese: 内政部; Tamil: உள்துறை அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for public safety, civil defence and immigration. It is also known as the Home Team. It is headed by the Minister for Home Affairs.
The Ministry of Home Affairs was set up in 1959 when Singapore attained self-governance. Housed at the Empress Place Building, it remained there until 16 September 1963 when Singapore joined Malaysia and internal affairs became a federal responsibility.
After gaining independence on 9 August 1965, Home Affairs returned to its Empress Place address under the purview of the Ministry of Interior and Defence (MID). MID stayed there for several months before it was re-located to Pearl's Hill (former Lower Barracks of Police).
On 11 August 1970, the Ministry of Interior and Defence was separated into two ministries, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. MHA remained at Pearl's Hill until August 1977 when it moved to Phoenix Park at Tanglin Road.
MHA, together with Police Headquarters, moved to its new premises at New Phoenix Park at 28 Irrawaddy Road on 18 August 2001.
The Ministry of Home Affairs consists of the following seven departments:
- Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB)
- Home Team Academy (HTA)
- Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
- Internal Security Department (ISD)
- Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)
- Singapore Police Force (SPF)
- Singapore Prison Service (SPS)
- Community Engagement Division
- Corporate Relations Division
- Finance and Admin Division
- Human Resource Division
- Infocomm Technology Division
- International Cooperation & Partnership Division
- Inspectorate & Review Division
- Internal Audit Division
- Joint Ops Division
- Legal Division
- Office of the Chief Science & Technology Officer
- Planning & Organisation Division
- Policy Development Division
- Procurement & Logistics Division
- Registry of Societies
- Technology Planning Division
- Presidential Council for Religious Harmony
- National Crime Prevention Council
- National Council Against Drug Abuse
- National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council
- "Head P: Ministry of Home Affairs" (PDF). Budget 2015. Ministry of Finance. February 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
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