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Celebrating 25 years of service to the nation

DAC (NS) Mohammad Nurizham Shah Bin Abdullah reflects on how the Singapore Police Force has evolved and what keeps him going in his service.

TEXT: KEENAN PEREIRA

PHOTOS: DAC (NS) MOHAMMAD NURIZHAM SHAH BIN ABDULLAH

A quarter of a century: That’s how long DAC (NS) Mohammad Nurizham Shah Bin Abdullah has served in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) — first in Jurong Police Division and now as the NS Commander of the Public Transport Security Command (TransCom). During his time in TransCom, he has seen countless NSmen step up to serve their country as well, with the unit holding one of the highest numbers of NSmen within the SPF.

“As a NS-Heavy Unit, comprising about 80% full-time NS officers, this unique proportion means that TransCom is well-placed to showcase the values which NSmen can bring to the Force,” explained DAC (NS) Shah, 48. “In some ways, the National Service officers run the entire operation,” he added. The regulars play a supervisory role, while most of the NS officers are deployed for foot patrol and is a common sight at Singapore’s public transport networks, from MRT stations to bus interchanges.

There are also other vocations for the NSmen in TransCom. A handful of them are deployed in the TransCom’s Provost division, which maintains discipline among officers. Some of them serve as trainers within TransCom, equipping fellow men with self-defence and security knowledge. There is also a team that provides administrative support to ensure operations run smoothly, as well as a Community Policing Unit which works closely with members of the public to ensure the success of initiatives such as the Riders-on-Watch (ROW) that taps on commuters to deter and detect crimes.

FINDING THE GOOD

Taken before the Covid-19 outbreak, DAC (NS) Shah is briefing his team during a National Day deployment in August 2019.

Regardless of vocation, DAC (NS) Shah has a simple mantra for his men in maximising their time during their in-camp training (ICT): Positivity. “I look at ICT as a way of looking to improve ourselves,” he said. “It would be a shame if people booked in and just switched their minds off because there’s so much to gain from ICT. Coming back for In-Camp Training also remind my officers of their obligation towards national defence and protecting essential service that serves the community.”

Top of the list is physical fitness. He added that being active in NS has helped him maintain his fitness through the years. “My siblings are around my age, but I’ve seen them grow much more … sideways,” he laughed. “Seeing my men in their late 20s and 30s give it their all during physical training inspires me to do the same. I’m glad that I can still run, even though I’m pushing 50.”

Another often overlooked perk of being an active NSman is career growth. “When you come back for ICT, it’s like a big networking mixer. You’ll be able to cross paths with people from many industries and that can help your career,” explained DAC (NS) Shah, who works in the telecommunications sector.

There’s also the benefit of bonding with the men that you’ve grown up with. “ICT is marked by division competitions, which can be a fun way to show off your talents, be it in shooting, running or even dragon boating.” DAC (NS) Shah recalled how one of his men, who was not very athletic, stood up to proudly represent his unit in a darts competition. “He volunteered because he wanted to give back to his unit and that was heart-warming.”

GROWTH AND GAINS

DAC (NS) Shah (left) with his late parents during his Officer Cadet Graduation Dinner in 1996.

DAC (NS) Shah is a valuable repository of the Force’s history and heritage. Take for example the evolution of the weapons and arms that police officers carry. DAC (NS) Shah candidly shared why each iteration was better than the last. “When I started 25 years ago, officers were issued with a Smith & Wesson revolver, which was changed to the Taurus M85 revolver in 2002.”

He recalled this switch was welcomed by officers because of the laser pointer that came with the Taurus M85, ensuring a more accurate shot. And last year, the standard-issue weapon was changed to a Glock 19 Gen 5 pistol, which can carry up to three times more rounds than its predecessor. It also came with a safety mechanism that prevents accidental discharge.

Changes were also made to the rusty batons that police carried. In 2001, the metallic T-baton was introduced to replace the previous metal baton. The metallic T-baton was then replaced by a lightweight extendable baton in 2019. Apart from improvement to equipment, he also witnessed the transformation of TransCom to deal with the changing operating landscape, expansion of transport network, and competing demand for resources. This includes operationalisation of TransCom Woodlands sub-base in 2019 and the implementation of new initiatives such as empowering NSmen to take on more leadership roles in leading anti-crime rounds and community engagement with ROW volunteers.

Importantly, changes to the Force’s hardware have been accompanied by changes to its software. “Today’s police officers are much more skilled at engaging members of the public. This is especially true for TransCom officers, as we are regularly on the ground and in public spaces. It’s an encouraging sign as we value our partnership with the public.”

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School’s out, fun’s in

It’s the June school holidays, take part in these exciting activities and enjoy great promotions at HomeTeamNS!

TEXT: MELODY TAN

PHOTOS: HOMETEAMNS

It’s every kid’s favourite time of the year – and the June school holidays are set to be fun for the whole family as well, as you hold your own bowling tournament, discover Peranakan crafts, pose for a family portrait and fold Anti-Drug ribbons together.

With all these activities and promotions to look forward to this month, the HomeTeamNS clubhouses are where your kids will want to spend the June school holidays!

Being a HomeTeamNS member has its perks, even outside the clubhouses. Here are some promotions that your children will want to check out.

LITTLE RANGERS CLUB

If your children are looking to step out of their comfort zones and try something new during the June school holidays, the Little Rangers Club is organising a 1 Day Scuba Diving and Circus Tricks School Holiday Camp on 21 June 2022 for children aged nine and above.

Drop your kids off at Orchid Country Club at 10am and they’ll enjoy a day of fun and learning, as they’re guided through scuba diving in the safety of a swimming pool before spending the afternoon learning circus tricks like juggling the diabolo and spinning plates on a stick.

*Be sure to sign up early as slots are limited. Head over to the HomeTeamNS Mobile App to view the promo code. Promo code has to be quoted at point of registration to enjoy offer. This promotion is not valid with any others.

PERANAKAN-INSPIRED PLAYTIME

In collaboration with award-winning local Peranakan Home Museum, The Intan, T-Play at HomeTeamNS Khatib is proud to be part of the National Heritage Board’s annual Children’s Season, which aims to inculcate a museum-going culture in the next generation.

As part of Children’s Season, T-Play Khatib will feature art, storytelling and handmade crafts designed to showcase the rich and vibrant history of Peranakan culture.

On 17 June 2022 at 8pm, settle down and get cosy for an evening of Storytelling with Baba Alvin (S$20 per participant, not inclusive of T-Play entry).

And on 24 June 2022 from 7pm to 9pm, learn the delicate art of Manik Beading (S$84 per participant, includes T-Play entry).

NURTURE CREATIVITY THE FUN WAY

Fun-cademy at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier presents a programme designed to hone creative minds and develop essential motor skills in children aged between five and 10 years old. They’ll learn to dance, bake and engage in exciting craft activities – and of course, have fun while doing it all.

The programme will run between 20 to 21 June 2022. From as low as S$330, the passes are inclusive of tea, lunch breaks, and workshop materials. Learn more about the fees and Fun-cademy here.

EXCLUSIVE OUTDOOR SILENT MOVIE SCREENING

Wrap up the June School Holidays with your loved ones at HomeTeamNS Khatib for a FREE outdoor silent movie screening! Exclusively for HomeTeamNS members, sit back and relax on comfortable beanbag chairs and watch a movie from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 24 June 2022.

Movie-goers will just have to grab a pair of earphones, their mobile devices, and download & register on the Cinewav app available on Google Play, App Store, and App Gallery before the movie. A promo code to download the movie audio file will be sent through email. What are you waiting for? Register before 22 June 2022 to get your seats!

Visit our website for more information on the movie screening here.

RAISE AWARENESS FOR A DRUG-FREE SINGAPORE

As part of this year’s Drug Free SG campaign, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) is collaborating with HomeTeamNS to educate and encourage members to stay clear of drugs.

Members and visitors at all HomeTeamNS Clubhouses are invited to fold green and white Anti-Drug Ribbons to show support for a drug-free Singapore. The activities take place over the following dates:

19 June to 2 July 2022: HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier

1 to 30 June 2022: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok

12 to 26 June 2022: HomeTeamNS Khatib

6 to 26 June 2022: HomeTeamNS Tampines

FOR TINY DANCERS

If your child can’t stop moving (even when there’s no beat), they might discover a new passion at the free dance trial classes, held by Dance Theatre Arts. Located at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, Dance Theatre Arts is offering free dance trial classes for hip-hop and tap dancing enthusiasts aged between eight to 10 years old.

The free hip-hop trial class takes place every Wednesday between 5.45pm to 6.45pm, while the free tap dance trial class is on Mondays between 4.45pm to 5.30pm.

To register or learn more about the trial classes, contact 9652 6066 and mention or flash this promotion, which is valid until end June 2022.

PICTURE PERFECT MEMORIES

Capture your kids growing up with 30 per cent off a family photography session at Pierre Ooi Photography Studio, also located at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier.

The discount, which is exclusive to HomeTeamNS-JOM members, includes one 20-inch by 16-inch portrait with canvas and framing, one 12-inch by 8-inch portrait with framing and high-resolution soft copies of two selected images. Normally worth S$388, the package is now available at S$268.

Contact info@pierreooi-photography.com or call 8112 3114. Mention or flash this promotion to enjoy this offer, which is valid until end of June 2022.

CRAFTING A STORY TOGETHER

Little ones will sharpen their listening skills – and get to enjoy a hands-on activity – this Father’s Day, at the Interactive Storytelling and Craft Session with Mrs Eileen Chua at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok.

The event takes place on Father’s Day, 19 June from 10am to 11am. Admission is free, but remember to pre-register first.

BE BOWLED OVER THIS FATHER’S DAY

If your family are competitive by nature, bring them to SuperBowl at HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier and HomeTeamNS Khatib this June. This family-friendly activity is also wallet-friendly, since Dads enjoy free bowling on Father’s Day ,19 June 2022.

Make sure to plan ahead as the promotion is only valid on 19 June and cannot be used with other promotions, privileges, discount cards or vouchers. It cannot be exchanged for cash and is non-transferable.

*SuperBowl reserves the right to amend, append or withdraw terms and conditions without prior notice.

GO ON A DURIAN TOUR

Don’t bask in the post-holiday blues once June is over. Instead, book a 1-Day Bekok Durian Tour with HomeTeamNS! You’ll depart from one of the following clubhouses of your choice –HomeTeamNS-JOM Balestier, HomeTeamNS Khatib or HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok on 3 July 2022.

You’ll head to Bekok, Johor in Malaysia to indulge in a durian buffet and a satisfying lunch of fried beehoon, curry and tropical fruits. There’s also time to shop at Yong Peng Noodles Factory & Yoyo, as well as the shopping malls in Johor Bahru before ending with a sumptuous dinner at a local Chinese restaurant.

Learn more about the tour itinerary and fees here.

Download the new and improved HomeTeamNS Mobile App for the latest promotions and membership perks! 

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