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28 November 2018

A Different Shade of Blue

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By Hadi Hafidz (Photos: Public Affairs Department)

Navy blue has been a shade synonymous with our police uniform. Since April 2018, a batch of officers have been seen sporting a brighter shade of blue. Attired in bright blue polo tee shirts, black cargo pants and black sports shoes, these are our Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) (Community) officers who have recently joined the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to prevent, deter and detect crime!

Specially tailored to suit those who are keen to volunteer but are concerned about not being able to commit the time, the VSC (Community) vocation was created to provide more opportunities for the public to volunteer with the SPF. This new vocation now only requires volunteers to contribute eight hours per month and has a shorter training duration that is conducted over seven weeks. VSC (Community) officers will be trained in law, Police procedures, Police Defence Tactics (PDT) and first aid.

Upon completing their training, these officers will be deployed at the Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs) to conduct foot patrols in community areas with high human traffic.

In this issue of Police Life, we caught up with some of our VSC (Community) officers who let us in on their motivations and their experiences thus far.

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Special Constable (V) Amy Cheow Poh Yen,
Clementi Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC)

42 years old, Field Application Support Engineer, Rudolph Technologies Incorporation

What inspired you to join as a VSC (Community) officer?

I was introduced to the SPF’s volunteer schemes by two Community Policing Unit (CPU) officers who visited my home to share about the SGSecure movement. The sharing session brought back memories of a terror attack incident that took place when I was in New York City. A lorry had ploughed into the bikeway and killed eight people. The thought of that incident prompted me to sign up for the vocation as this is an opportunity for me to contribute to the safety and security of our home.

Which part of the training do you feel is most important?

Through the first-aid lessons, I have learnt very useful skills such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and various bandaging techniques. Such skills could make a difference in situations of life and death!

What was your most memorable experience while on patrol?

I remembered an incident when we were approached by a drunkard during our foot patrol. When we asked him for more information, he started getting agitated. Together with the CPU officers who were patrolling with us, we managed to calm him down. I learnt that policing was not just about the hard skills but also the soft skills that are equally important in helping us to engage the community effectively.

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Special Constable (V) Khanna Moneesh Kishanlal

Choa Chu Kang NPC

47 years old, Vice President, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

What inspired you to join as a VSC (Community) officer?

My interest was piqued when the CPU officers shared about the volunteer schemes in the SPF during one of their house visits. As they were sharing, I thought about the time when my family and I migrated to Singapore 17 years ago and how the community helped us to integrate into society. The peace and harmony that we have enjoyed over the years cannot be taken for granted. So I decided to take this opportunity to do my part in keeping Singapore safe.

Which part of the training do you feel is most important? 

As a newbie to policing work, I found the PDT training very useful as such skills would help me to carry out my duties confidently.

What was your most memorable experience while on patrol?

During one of my patrol duties at a heartland mall, we were informed by members of the public that a man had sustained a fall. When we reached the incident location, we learnt from the man that he had lost his balance and fell. After assessing that he had no injuries, we helped him to rest at a nearby restaurant. We chatted for a while until he felt stable enough to walk. He expressed his gratitude and we parted ways. I was happy not only because I had helped someone, but also because the residents appreciated our presence and turned to us for assistance.

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Special Constable (V) Muhammad Imran

Trainee

24 years old, Undergraduate at National University of Singapore

What inspired you to join as a VSC (Community) officer?
It all started when I received an email, sent to all recallable Police Operationally-Ready National Servicemen, about volunteering opportunities with the SPF. As I learnt more about the vocation, I was intrigued by the idea of how I could contribute to crime fighting efforts through engaging the community and at the same time, juggling with my study commitments. When I was serving my National Service with the SPF, I was deployed as a Police Coast Guard officer, spending most of my time patrolling the Singapore waters. As a VSC (Community) officer, my policing terrain would be significantly different. Hence, this piqued my interest to join.

Which part of the training do you feel is most important?

The knowledge gained from the law lessons were very useful as it would help to guide us on the necessary actions to take when we come across incidents. The trainers also made the lessons interesting by including some real life examples.

More than 50 VSC (Community) officers have since been appointed and deployed for duties, with the numbers steadily increasing. The fourth batch of officers, including Special Constable (V) Imran, underwent their training and graduated on 30 October. In our bid to expand the VSC (Community) family, the SPF will continue our efforts to encourage like-minded individuals to volunteer with us. If you know of friends or family members who are keen to contribute to the safety and security of our community, do encourage them to drop us an email at spf_volunteers@spf.gov.sg or scan the QR code and register with us!

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Keen to contribute even more?

The VSC scheme is available for those who can contribute a minimum of 16 hours of duty per month. Volunteers will be equipped with firearms after undergoing six months non-residential training inclusive of basic police skills, basic legal knowledge, street craft, firearms training, physical training, drills and unarmed combat.


Last Updated on 28 November 2018