Speech by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) And Senior Minister of State for Transport, at the National Police Cadet Corps Annual Parade at Home Team Academy

Published Date: 14 April 2016 12:00 AM

News Speeches

Mr Hoong Wee Teck, Commissioner of Police

Associate Professor Stephen Phua, Chairman NPCC Council

Council Members

Ladies and Gentlemen

1. A very good evening to all of you. I am happy to join you this evening for the 57th National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) Annual Parade.

2. NPCC has a long history - in fact, longer than that of independent Singapore. The first unit set up in Bartley Secondary School in 1959. Over the decades, NPCC has made remarkable progress and there are now 148 schools with NPCC Units. Indeed, in the past 57 years, more than 750,000 cadets have benefited from their participation in NPCC programmes.

3. Among the audience today, there are also many who were once NPCC cadets. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Hoong Wee Teck and Chairman of the NPCC Council, Associate Professor Stephen Phua from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law faculty, were NPCC cadets in their schools. Just like all of you in the parade square today, I too was an NPCC cadet. I made good friends through NPCC and now looking back, I can see that NPCC has shaped my character and given me many skills. In some ways, it has also helped me know myself better and make choices for my future, none more important than actually meeting my wife through NPCC.

4. As I look at all of you formed up for the parade today, I know the discipline and hard work that you have put in over the past weeks. With your parents and friends witnessing the parade, this is indeed a proud day for all of you. Well done!

5. NPCC programmes and activities have evolved over the years to stay relevant and appeal to students. Last year, the Chairman of NPCC initiated a programme survey involving 10,000 cadets. On the whole, cadets felt that the programmes had met their expectations. In addition, they expressed a preference for more hands-on and engaging activities.

Enhancing learning experiences

6. In response to the findings from the programme survey, NPCC has taken steps to create more authentic learning experiences for cadets. For example, NPCC has developed the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) training package that was piloted in a few NPCC units last year. The package was very well received and the programme will be implemented in all Units this year. All Units have received a CSI kit which contains finger-dusting equipment, ultraviolet devices and items used in the preservation of evidence found in a typical crime scene.

7. Lower secondary cadets can look forward to learning police photography, DNA analysis and blood stain pattern analysis. Sample crime cases are provided for the cadets to apply their knowledge and work in groups to solve crimes. Upper secondary cadets can also visit the Training Village at the Home Team Academy to view mock ups of crime scenes. The realistic set up will allow cadets to have an immersive experience and learn more about the investigation processes in the Singapore Police Force.

8. The Police Knowledge (PK) course is another key programme which has been enhanced. NPCC has engaged the Criminal Justice Club in NUS Law School to enlist some of the best law undergraduates to review the course content and assist in the presentation of the lectures. The revamped course will now include more authentic activities such as role-play and Crime Watch games, related to the popular TV programme, to learn more about the offences under the Penal Code. With more authentic examples, cadets will be empowered to share their police knowledge on crime prevention more effectively with their peers.

9. Both the CSI programme and the enhanced Police Knowledge course provide exciting and real-life experiences for NPCC cadets. These are fantastic opportunities for young people and I commend NPCC for taking this bold step.

Community Outreach

10. Recently, you would have heard of terror attacks in different parts of the world. In November last year, seven co-ordinated terror attacks were carried out concurrently in Paris, leaving 130 dead and another 352 injured. Just slightly over a month later, a series of explosions that took place in Jakarta resulted in seven deaths and 20 injured civilians. The terrorist threat is indeed a very real one and all of us need to play our part to ensure that Singapore remains safe and secure. It is for this reason that a new programme “SG Secure” was launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs in March. It is a new national movement to sensitise, organise, train and exercise everyone in Singapore to better protect ourselves from an attack.

11. NPCC and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC) have piloted an SG Secure initiative with eight secondary schools. After being trained, the cadets suggested how they could be better advocates of vigilance, cohesion and resilience in Singapore. They reached out to their own school communities and primary schools to promote vigilance through initiatives such as an Instagram competition and a reflection wall in the school. These are all very practical ideas that have an immediate impact on improving community safety. I look forward to hearing more of how our cadets are leading in this area. This is an important advocacy role that we entrust to NPCC.

Conclusion

12. I would like to congratulate NPCC on the exciting and engaging programmes you have developed. The success which NPCC has achieved over the years is the result of the hard work and support of school leaders, teachers, officers, cadets, volunteers and of course parents. It is this partnership that continues to spur NPCC to greater heights. We need to build on this.

Thank you and have a good evening ahead.

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