FEATURES

04 July 2018

Serving with Distinction

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The annual Star Service Award is awarded to deserving public officers who have consistently demonstrated a high level of dedication and passion in their commitment to deliver exemplary public service. In this issue, Police Life brings you the story of two outstanding Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers who received the prestigious award this year and discover what motivates them to give their best!

Name: Station Inspector (SI) Koh Wei Jie

Designation: Section Leader (Patrol Unit), Traffic Police (TP)

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The Background

This happily married father of one prides himself with the work he do and has been in the Force for 17 years. His desire to become a police officer was sparked after watching an episode of ‘Crimewatch’ which featured a murder case and how the police swiftly arrested the murderer within 24 hours.


The Story

It was a typical day of routine patrols when SI Koh spotted a car driving on the road shouldver with its hazard lights turned on. His policing instincts immediately flared with two possibilities, either the driver was in distress, or he wanted to beat the jam. After SI Koh stopped the car, he was met by a woman with a sombre expression who explained that they were rushing their daughter to the hospital. Noting that the young girl looked terribly ill, SI Koh immediately offered his help to escort the family to the hospital.

"A life is at stake, and I knew I needed to help them reach the hospital as fast as possible," said SI Koh, recalling the incident.


Winning the Star Service Award

When asked about how he felt on winning the Star Service Award, SI Koh shared that he was very surpised but proud to have won the award. He also hopes that his story would inspire his fellow officers to be the best that they can be. He also firmly states that every police officer is just doing their job to ensure that everyone has a safe and secure place to live in.

 

Qualities of a Good Officer

SI Koh firmly believes that a good police officer is one who embodies the SPF’s core values of courage, loyalty, integrity and fairness (C.L.I.F). They must never give up easily and always give their best in any situation. Even when an officer is off-duty, his commitment to his nation and people remains his top priority and he is expected to step up when the situation arises.

 

 

Name: Station Inspector (SI) Norleen Binte Ahmad

Designation, Ground Response Force (GRF) Officer, Pasir Ris Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC)

 

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The Background

Being a police officer has always been SI Norleen’s childhood dream. She signed on with the SPF 15 years ago right after graduating from the polytechnic. The dynamic nature of policing work and the meaning it brings to her life were the greatest motivations for this veteran police officer. SI Norleen is currently a GRF Officer and a group leader with the Pasir Ris NPC.


The Story

SI Norleen’s exemplary qualities were highlighted through her compassion and empathy in helping a woman who was charged in court and referred to the Institute of Mental Health due to personal issues. As the Deputy Officer-in-Charge in the Community Policing Unit then, she felt that she could do more to help the woman recuperate. So she went the extra mile to seek help from the various social agencies that are available. Eventually, she managed to refer the woman to a suitable social agency where she could receive proper care and supervision.

“A balance has to be struck between judiciary punishment and social intervention,” said SI Norleen while recalling the incident.


Winning the Star Service Award

The Star Service Award came as a pleasant surprise for her as she believes that there are many more other deserving officers out there.

Winning the award has certainly reinforced her commitment to the SPF’s core values and spurred her on to continue making positive impacts on the lives of others.

 

Qualities of a Good Officer

To SI Norleen, a good police officer is one who can strike a balance between applying law enforcement professionalism and yet, having the soft skills to deal with the social issues faced by our community. Sincerity is also essential and as law enforcers, such quality can go a long way in helping those in need, be it in their professional or personal life.


By: Irwan Shah (Photographer: Wong Yew Kit, Ashraf Arshad)


Last Updated on 05 July 2018