When we first started

POLWEL’s roots can be traced back to 1980 when a Police Welfare shop known as ‘Kinloss Retail Shop’ was set up at Kinloss House located at No. 3, Lady Hill Road which was formerly an officers’ mess for the British Forces. The retail shop offered essential household products and appliances available on credit at low interest rates. The business was subsequently officially registered as Kinloss Co-operative Society Limited on 16th March 1992.

Kinloss Co-operative Society Limited was renamed as POLWEL Co-operative Society Limited in 1995. Besides offering loan and saving services for its members, POLWEL’s retail business continued to be the mainstay as more shops were set up at locations such as Old Police Academy, Home Team Academy, Police Cantonment Complex, and New Phoenix Park.

How we have evolved

In the past decade, POLWEL shifted its business focus to providing strategic support to the Singapore Police Force and other government agencies.


2005 Employment Services (ESD) was set up to provide employment opportunities for retired police officers to enable them to gain meaningful employment and earn an income during their retirement years
2006 Appointed Approved Assessment Organisation (AAO) for the security industry under the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework
2014 ESD was renamed as Business & Employment Services Division to reflect the expanded scope of services provided such as enforcement support services, consultancy and auditing services, training and assessment delivery, etc
2017 Appointed to manage the Police Heritage Centre Souvenir Counter / Sole authorised vendor to develop and produce merchandise bearing SPF insignias for sale