Meet four officers who’ve worked together to represent the SPF and salute Singapore with absolute dedication!
By: Domnic Dass and SI Kamisah
This year's National Day Parade (NDP) marks a return to the iconic Padang after three years. With the theme “Onward As One,” the Parade calls upon Singaporeans to look to the future with confidence and unity.
Amidst the celebrations, four officers from the Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) Guard of Honour (GOH) Contingent exemplify this spirit of shared purpose. Despite coming from different squads, backgrounds and generations, they’ve come together to salute the nation. Here are their stories, in their own words.
An 18-year Veteran NDP Trainer
SI Ridzuan: I began my journey with the SPF in 1994 as a Full-time Police National Service (PNSF) officer and later became a regular officer.
After serving in various SPF Divisions, I joined TRACOM in 2004 as a Field Instructor. In 2005, I received the honour of becoming an NDP Trainer, and I’m presently the Chief Trainer for the SPF GOH contingent.
It’s a role that fills me with immense pride, and I’ve dedicated myself to guiding officers for the GOH and Marching Contingents, inspiring them to give their utmost.
The NDP was last held at the Padang in 2019. As we return to the Padang this year, the feeling is truly uplifting! I’ve really missed it.
As an NDP Trainer, I hope I can be a source of inspiration for these young officers, nurturing them to do their best and proudly represent the SPF.
Rising Above Every Challenge
OCT Muhammad Faris: After completing my Basic Military Training in the Singapore Armed Forces, I was selected for the Officer Cadet Course and started my Police training at the Home Team Academy on 13 Mar 2023. Representing the SPF is a profound experience. I feel confident now that I can achieve anything!
Despite coming from different units, we all share a common goal and feel really proud to wear the No. 1 uniform, and to represent the SPF.
It takes hard work to execute our drills with precision and excellence. I just wanted to say “thank you” to my fellow officers for taking this challenging journey together, to create a memorable day for all!
A Steady Presence on the Parade Square
T/Sgt Purrusohthaaman: I joined the SPF in February 2023, and it was a dream come true for me as I’d always wanted to serve the community and be part of something positive and great.
Luckily, I also got the wonderful opportunity to represent the SPF in this year’s Police Day Parade on 3 June and now the NDP, as part of the GOH Contingent.
Between training sessions for the NDP, we’re also mindful to maintain high standards in our physical training and academics. Yet I take immense pride in being part of the GOH Contingent, as it comes only once for us as Trainees.
Wearing the No. 1 uniform and representing the SPF is an honour. When I see my Contingent mates and Trainers working hard together at every training session, I also strive to give my best.
I can’t wait to see the stunning fireworks display on the night of the NDP. It’s a highlight that will mark the close of our journey together, but also the start of new ones as officers.
To my Field Instructors and fellow Contingent mates, I just want to say that your dedication is deeply appreciated. Thank you for motivating me with your positivity and encouragement. This journey has been wonderful indeed!
An Operationally Ready Date to Never Forget
SC/Sgt Colin Ang: I enlisted on 11 August 2021, two days after National Day. I became a Field Instructor at TRACOM and represented the SPF in NDP 2022’s Marching Contingent and this year’s GOH Contingent. Serving in two consecutive NDPs has been immensely rewarding.
As an NDP Trainer, my main responsibility is to ensure the Contingent is well-versed in arm drills and can execute them consistently and precisely. As their supervisor, it’s equally important that I take care of the officers by listening to them and ensuring that they eat well, stay hydrated and get sufficient rest.
Witnessing the GOH Contingent perform fills me with pride. I’ve seen how far they’ve come since our first training session together, from encouraging one another and enjoying lighter moments together to performing as one united Contingent.
The sense of pride we feel when we march onto the Padang to represent Singapore and the SPF, to the cheers and applause of spectators – that feeling is shared by every officer.