Happy Birthday, Singapore! Check out our officers in action at this year’s National Day Parade!
By: Nur Ihshana Shaheen Binte Babajahn
With the theme “Onward as One,” Singapore celebrated its 58th birthday at the Padang with a spectacular array of performances. Representing the Singapore Police Force (SPF) at the National Day Parade this year were dedicated officers from various Police divisions!
To kickstart the evening, the SPF Band, together with musicians from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and talented performers from Bowen and Yuhua Secondary School, put up an impressive 133-person display of precision, forming the words and numbers “NDP 23.”
This year’s Total Defence segment had a refreshing new take with six larger-than-life models of everyday objects representing the pillars of Total Defence. Another highlight of the Parade was a combined drive-past of 20 types of vehicles from the SPF, SAF and Singapore Civil Defence Force.
Parade participants also received a special treat – an up-close view of the SPF’s Tactical Strike Vehicle (TSV). The latest addition to the Special Operations Command’s (SOC) arsenal of tactical vehicles made its debut at this year’s Parade, to the appreciation of the crowd.
Then it was time for a musical interlude. Crowd favourites like the SPF Band and the Women Police Pipes and Drums band, joined by the SAF Band and the combined school’s band, put up a melodious performance to welcome the Guard of Honour contingents.
The Guard of Honour contingents comprised officers from three uniformed services – the SPF and SAF. Dressed in their ceremonial No. 1 uniforms, they marched onto the Parade for inspection by President Halimah Yacob.
But it wasn’t only at the Padang that our officers distinguished themselves. Amidst the joyous celebrations at the Parade itself, our officers had their guard up throughout the day to ensure a safe and secure National Day for all. Over 2,000 officers were deployed to provide land and sea security at the Padang and its vicinity.
In keeping with this year’s Parade theme of “Onward as One,” our officers, regardless of whether they were participating in the Parade or on duty, shared a common determination to give their best.
Bonus: Tech Spotlight
This year’s Parade preparations by the SPF also involved a number of tech features to ensure crowd safety. For example, officers enhanced the visibility of event signage with LEDs and placed runway lights to guide people towards MRT stations in the Padang area. Members of the public could also check out the Crowd@MarinaBay website to view real-time crowd levels and closure areas at the various Firework viewing spots.
Another year, another good show by our officers at the National Day Parade – Majulah Singapura!