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Safeguarding our Public Transport Network Together

Safeguarding our Public Transport Network Together

By: Irwan Shah

(Photos: Riders-On-Watch Volunteers)

The Riders-On-Watch (ROW) scheme — launched in July 2019 by the Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) — aims to galvanise the support of the community of commuters to partner the Police to keep Singapore’s public transport network crime-free. As of September 2020, there are more than 48,000 ROW volunteers, a massive jump from 19,000 volunteers a year ago. Let’s hear from some of these volunteers about their thoughts and experiences.

 

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Name: Lee Bi Hao Nicholas, Age: 22, Occupation: Student


Why did you sign up as a volunteer?

I first heard of it when I was serving my reservist at TransCom. When I heard that they needed volunteers, I signed up straight away in July 2019. I served as a group leader for the Foot Patrol Group with TransCom during my time as a Full-time Police National Serviceman. I really enjoyed my National Service stint in Transcom and being an ROW volunteer is one way I can continue to utilise what I have learnt as a TransCom officer and extend my service to the community.

Why do you think it is important to be an ROW volunteer?

I believe ROW volunteers are vital community assets to the Police. They act as Police’s extra pair of “eyes and ears” to augment Police’s efforts in safeguarding Singapore’s public transport network.

Would you encourage others to join?

Yes as I believe that the esprit de corps can be built between members of the public and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) through this initiative. This will further help to the public’s trust with the SPF.

 

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Name: Stephanie Lee, Age: 26, Occupation: Human Resource Management Executive


Why did you sign up as a volunteer?

I joined as an ROW volunteer in April 2020 after learning about it through my colleagues. I have come to realise and understand that the Police cannot be everywhere all the time. As commuters, we should also do our part to keep the public transport network safe and protect ourselves as well as other fellow Singaporeans. By contributing our “eyes and ears” as ROW volunteers, we can help to stop and solve crime.

Why do you think it is important to be an ROW volunteer?

This scheme is a good initiative as it encourage public transport users to be vigilant and observant in Singapore as well as when they are traveling abroad. As ROW volunteers, we keep a lookout and will alert the Police if we sense or observe that something is amiss.

Would you encourage others to join?

I would encourage people to join as ROW volunteers. It is not only about helping to keep the community safe but also about helping ourselves and our loved ones. I am sure everyone wants to be able to commute safely on our public transport system.

 

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There is no age limit to be an ROW volunteer. Sign up as an ROW volunteer by clicking here. Alternatively, you may visit www.police.gov.sg for more information about ROW or other Community Engagement Programme schemes offered by the SPF. Together, we can make our public transport network safe and secure!

 


PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
29 December 2020 @ 12:45 PM
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