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31 July 2019

Soaring High in National Service – NSF of the Year Award 2019

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By Irwan Shah (Photos: Public Affairs Department)


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The recent Police Day Parade 2019, held on 3 June 2019, saw five Full-time Police National Serviceman (PNSFs) being presented with the NSF of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented every year to deserving PNSFs who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated a strong commitment towards their respective roles within the Singapore Police Force (SPF) during their National Service (NS) stint. Let’s hear what these officers have to say about their work and lives.

 

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Rank/Name:    National Service Inspector Lee Kahhe

Vocation:         Assistant Manpower Officer

Unit:                 Tanglin Division

 

 

Tell us more about your work.

 

As an Assistant Manpower Officer, I handle an array of tasks that centres on manpower planning for all levels of security deployments.

 

What are the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

One of my biggest challenges was adapting to the new environment and levelling up to my responsibilities when I first stepped into this role. It was a busy period as everyone was bogged down with deployment matters on top of their usual duties. As the new kid on the block, I had to learn and adapt quickly. To get up to pace, I made it a point to understand my job scope well as this helped me to better familiarise myself with the issues and processes which I had to manage as part of my work. I also took time to know my colleagues better and in the process learn how we can complement one another to work more effectively.

 

What is your most memorable moment in the SPF?

 

It was during the 5th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus when I was tasked to be the lead manpower planner for the event. I had to liaise extensively with many other departments and divisions within the SPF to ensure that every officer deployed was the right fit. At the same time, I had to ensure that every unit within the division continued to be fully operational and ready for any exigencies. It was a daunting process, but what made it very memorable was the unwavering support and selfless contributions of my superiors and colleagues throughout the entire process.

 

Who are your pillars of strength?

 

First and foremost, my family. They are very supportive and understanding when it comes to my work, especially when I have to sacrifice my time with them to carry out my duties. Next would be my superiors and colleagues. They are always patient and ready to provide guidance to help me throughout my journey at work. I feel that part of the award given to me goes to all of them as well.

 

Share with us your greatest takeaway from serving NS in the SPF.

 

Before my NS stint, I was quick to jump to conclusions and make decisions without understanding the full picture. Now, I know the importance of taking a step back before making a decision. It helps me to view things from a different perspective and be more objective and systematic in my thinking process. My experiences with planning and working under tight deadlines have also made me a more organised individual and help me better manage various types of situation objectively.

 

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Rank/Name:    Special Constable/Sergeant Abdul Lateefkamal

Vocation:         Police Tactical Trooper

Unit:                 Special Operations Command (SOC)

 

 

Tell us more about your work.

 

As Police Tactical Troopers, we are responsible for maintaining Singapore’s public order and public security. We are trained to handle riots, civil unrest and even mass evacuations. During major events such as the Trump-Kim Summit and the ASEAN Summit, we would be deployed alongside other SPF units to augment security coverage.

 

What are the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

The Police Tactical Trooper training has been my greatest challenge thus far. Apart from the gruelling physical training, we are also constantly tested on the proficiency of our knowledge as a Trooper. Such proficiency matters in situations of life and death. To overcome the physical and mental challenges, I instil a high demand of discipline in myself to ensure that my physical and mental fitness is always tip-top! It also helps that my team and I work as one and always encourage each other to persevere and help each other.

 

What is your most memorable moment in the SPF?

 

My most memorable moment was the first time my troop was activated for an incident which required us to perform a Mechanical Method of Entry (MMOE). I remember sitting inside the “Ang Chia” (Tactical Assault Vehicle) with so many thoughts in my head, such as how to approach the situation. Initially, I felt slightly anxious but held my ground and focussed on the task at hand. The incident reinforced the knowledge and training that I had received and helped me to improve my communication skills with my team.

 

Who are your pillars of strength?

 

My mother is my main pillar of strength. The training was very tough but she was always there to provide unconditional support and care for me throughout my time in NS. My deputy officer-in-charge is also one of my pillars of strength. From the moment I entered SOC, he has patiently nurtured me and imparted his wisdom and knowledge to me, which greatly helped in broadening my horizons.

 

Share with us your greatest takeaway from serving NS in the SPF.

 

Before NS, I was a mischievous person who shirked responsibilities. Serving NS in the SPF has definitely shaped me to become someone who is more disciplined and responsible. My parents were proud and heartened by my transformation as well. I am also grateful for the many life lessons that I have learned from my NS experiences and fellow police officers that I have met. I am glad that my time here was well-spent and winning this award is a testament to that.

 

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Rank/Name:    Special Constable/Sergeant Muhammad Siddiq

Vocation:         Field Instructor

Unit:                 Training Command

 

 

Tell us more about your work.

 

As a field instructor, my duty is to train new enlistees and help them become qualified police officers. Apart from my core duty, I also had opportunities to be involved in events such as the Police Day Parade and the National Day Parade, where I trained the participants to improve their drill competencies.

 

What are the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

My main challenge would be to maintain the discipline and morale of my trainees throughout their training. As a former trainee myself, I know that it is not easy to cope with a regimental lifestyle, let alone stay in a bunk for five months when you are used to leading a “carefree” life. To help my trainees overcome this transitional phase, it is important to show empathy and more importantly, learn more about them so that I can gain their trust and be in a better position to help them with any difficulties that they might be encountering.

 

What is your most memorable moment in the SPF?

 

The most memorable experience for me was being a trainer and being a part of the contingent for last year’s National Day Parade. The training was demanding as I was required to work and train every Saturday for three months until the big day itself. This was on top of my other training commitments. However, all the hard work paid off when we marched proudly in front of the whole nation on the big day. The feeling was indescribable and it is a priceless moment.

 

Who are your pillars of strength?

 

My pillars of strength are my parents and my trainees. The endless support from my parents is encouraging and they always believe in me no matter what. My trainees are my motivation to work hard, and it brings me great satisfaction to be able to bring out the best in them.

 

Share with us your greatest takeaway from serving NS in the SPF.

 

NS has helped me grow in many ways. It brings out the best in me, shaping my character and reminding me of the importance of having strong values. Most importantly, as a Field Instructor, I get to work on my leadership skills and learn how to carry myself well as my job requires me to be a role model to my trainees. I also get to sharpen my decision-making skills and improve on my communication skills through engaging large groups of trainees.

 

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Rank/Name:    Special Constable/Corporal Wong Yew Kit

Vocation:         Staff Assistant (Photo/Visual)

Unit:                 Public Affairs Department

 

 

Tell us more about your work.

 

My core duty is to provide photography coverage for various SPF-related events and operations. These photographs are used in various SPF internal and public communication materials to showcase policing work, which in turn contributes to instilling public trust in the SPF.

 

What are the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

I started out as a photography hobbyist and the subjects that I have photographed are entirely different from my current work requirements. As an SPF photographer, there were often times when the subjects were totally beyond our control, such as during an operation, where I would not always get the best position to photograph them. To ensure that I am able to capture the best moments, I would usually study the event plan, conduct recces and plan my deployment in advance. It is also important to think quickly on our feet and seize opportunities when they arise.

 

What is your most memorable moment in the SPF?

 

It’s got to be my involvement in the Trump-Kim Summit deployment. I was given the opportunity to snap a photo of President Donald Trump in person at the Paya Lebar Airbase, and a photo of him flying off in the Air Force One. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

 

Who are your pillars of strength?

 

As a SPF photographer, I have to be on standby 24 hours as I could be deployed anytime to cover operations and incidents. In spite of my late-night deployments or assignments over the weekends, my family members have been really understanding and supportive. Their constant encouragement has allowed me to work with an ease of mind. My colleagues, both fellow PNSFs and Team Leaders, are another source of motivation for me. Seeing that they are all equally dedicated to their work has helped me to aspire to be better at what I do.

 

Share with us your greatest takeaway from serving NS in the SPF.

 

Prior to my NS stint, I have never thought that I could be involved in so many important events that matters to Singapore. I am also thankful for the opportunity to build my photography portfolio which could be useful for my future career development. Apart from that, I realised that my NS stint in the SPF has also broaden my perspectives in life and enriched my life experiences.

 

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Rank/Name:    Special Constable/Corporal Lee Chan Hoon

Vocation:         Staff Assistant (PNSF Development Officer)

Unit:                 Police National Service Division

 

 

Tell us more about your work.

 

I am responsible for managing the PNSF rank promotions as well as organising and coordinating the National Service Basic Leadership Course. I also help to organise the SPF Centralised PNSF Promotion Ceremony for PNSFs reaching their apex rank.

 

What are the challenges that you faced and how did you overcome them?

 

One of the challenges that I faced when I first started this vocation was learning effective time management. For most of my life, I had been living with a pre-planned timetable and the sudden freedom to make my own plans caught me by surprise. Another challenge was having the patience to talk and liaise with other people. As someone who is more reserved, I seldom take the initiative to approach people for help and would rather make do with what I have. This post has taught me to overcome those challenges by being more proactive in building relationships.

 

What is your most memorable moment in the SPF?

 

My most memorable moment was my involvement in the organisation of the Centralised PNSF Promotion Ceremony. The preparation process took three months from start to finish. It was my first time organising an event on such a large scale. However, I felt delighted and satisfied that my hard work paid off when the event went without a hitch.

 

Who are your pillars of strength?

 

My most important pillar of strength is my parents. I am very grateful for their unconditional support during my time in this vocation. They even stayed up late to prepare my dinner on nights when I came home late from work. The second person is my supervisor, Ma’am Sohkvindar. Her guidance and patience has helped me to adapt and excel in my work. Finally, my colleagues and friends who have made my days fun and exciting.

 

Share with us your greatest takeaway from serving NS in the SPF.

 

NS helped me to develop my soft skills, especially in people management. Due to the nature of my work, I often need to engage people, and through that I have learned to be a more effective communicator. I believe that such skills will benefit me in the future, regardless of my career.


Last Updated on 31 July 2019