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Enhancing Our Crime-Fighting Capabilities At Sea

Enhancing Our Crime-Fighting Capabilities At Sea

By: Domnic Dass (Photos: Singapore Police Force)

Police Coast Guard (PCG) officers are skilled in seamanship, boat handling, communications, radar, and weaponry. They safeguard Singapore’s territorial waters even in the roughest sea conditions. To ensure that the PCG is always ready to take on evolving challenges in safeguarding one of the world’s busiest shipping hubs, Police Life takes a look at PCG’s Tactical Boat Handling and Firing Simulator (TBHFS) and how it helps to sharpen its operational capabilities!

Commissioned last year, the TBHFS, which was developed collaboratively with the Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), helps PCG officers in tactical boat handling in unpredictable operational terrains at sea.

As close as it gets.

Besides being a highly realistic simulation of a vessel travelling at speeds exceeding 50 knots, the TBHFS is also fully customised to simulate the operational terrains that PCG officers face in their daily work. The TBHFS has four customised simulators that resemble PCG’s high-speed Patrol Interdiction Boats and high-speed Patrol Interceptor boats (2nd Generation PK boats), ensuring familiarity and realism for the officers undergoing training.

Eyes that speak the truth.

One of the most advanced features of the TBHFS is the ‘Eye Tracker’, which detects the eye movement of the trainees and analyses their visual focus during stressful scenarios, such as high-speed pursuits. This feature enables the trainers to monitor the trainees closely and provide targeted feedback where necessary. Such targeted feedback helps trainees improve and ensures that they are equipped with the necessary confidence and competence to face high-stress situations when out at sea.

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Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yusrinal Bin Nasir, Training and Development Officer, TBHFS, PCG

Command and control.

An ‘Instructor Operating Station’ on the TBHFS enables trainers to control the target boat during the training scenario for training realism and provides the trainers with the ability to control and vary various training scenarios, conditions and environment. The station also gives trainers an overview of the training session via the 'Eye Tracker’ and Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV).

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The Instructor Operating Station.

The TBHFS also comes with a briefing and debriefing facility that allows the trainers to replay and review the complete training session with the trainees following each and every different training scenario.

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The briefing and debriefing facility.

A myriad of simulated scenarios.

With the ability to simulate different scenarios, conditions, and operational terrains, the TBHFS helps PCG officers hone their watch-keeping, navigation, berthing and maritime interdiction skills in a safe environment before their actual sea phase training.

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An image of the PK Boat Simulator.

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PCG officers undergoing simulated training inside the TBHFS.

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An image of the PT Boat Simulator.

ASP Yusrinal explained that the TBHFS allows PCG officers to practise precision boat handling skills and high-speed manoeuvres in a controlled environment, such as the clipping of a target boat. “Our trainers can also use the ‘Eye Tracker’ to study the trainees’ visual attention and understand their decision-making processes while they are undergoing the training with the TBHFS”, said ASP Yusrinal. ASP Yusrinal further highlighted that a critical function of the TBHFS is its firing simulator, which allows PCG officers to practise firing at simulated target boats, which is not possible during sea phase training.

“Most importantly, the TBHFS allows training in a safe and controlled environment”, shared ASP Yusrinal, pointing out that the simulator is able to simulate the hours of darkness even though the training is being conducted during the day.


04 January 2022 @ 2:00 PM