What is VSC?

The Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) was formed in 1946 to provide support to regular police officers.

World War II had just ended and manpower was badly needed to restore law and order.

About 150 men formed the pioneer batch of VSC officers.

Former VSC Commander, Retired Assistant Commissioner (V) S. Lakshmanan, 56, said there are now about 1,100 VSC officers from all walks of life, including businessmen and civil servants.

VSC officers have the same power as police officers and wear the same uniform.

They also patrol the streets and take part in operations.

VSC recruits undergo a non-residential basic course at the Police Academy twice a week in the evening for nine months.

The course covers areas like basic legal knowledge, firearms training, drills and unarmed combat.

When they graduate, they will be posted to either the land divisions (Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Central, Clementi, Jurong and Tanglin) or specialised units like the Police Coast Guard and the Traffic Police.