Around 2014, Mdm Savithri encouraged her son to join COP. As Mr Dharmendra, 54, a resort officer at a country club in Yishun, works shifts, volunteering would be difficult for him. However, his mother told him that he would find the experience meaningful. Seeing how he could also use the opportunity to bond more with his mother, Mr Dharmendra eventually joined COP. Mr Dharmendra schedules his work roster ahead in order to perform COP duties with his mother on some evenings.
Hearing this, the residents feel more appreciative of the COP volunteers’ commitment to keep the community safe. “They would thank us. We feel encouraged when we see the familiar faces, smiling and waving at us,” says Mr Dharmendra.
The family’s fondest and proudest moment was when Mdm Savithri, Mr Dharmendra and Ms Keun joined the marching contingent for the ceremonial parade at the Home Team Show and Festival 2017. Says Mr Dharmendra, “We hope more people would be inspired by our story and join COP to be part of the HTVN family!”