When one enters an extraordinary career such as the
Singapore Police Force (SPF) one surely expects extraordinary duties
and responsibilities ....
But for ASP Lim Chee Peng and ASP Roland Lim the term "extra-ordinary"
has taken a slight twist. Instead of tailing and watching every
move of criminals, these two officers have been given a heavier
responsibility as full-time Aides-de-Camp to the President of the
Republic of Singapore.
An Aide-de-Camp, or ADC for short, is an officer from either the
SAF or SPF who has been personally selected by the President to
be attached to his office full-time. Duties for an ADC include escorting
the President to state functions and events, coordinating his programmes
and even planning functions and receptions.
Full-time police ADCs have been around since 1966 with DSP R W Woodworth
appointed as the first ADC. In fact, ASP Lim Chee Peng is also somewhat
of a pioneer too being the only full-time police ADC in 1995 after
a break of 20 years (the last police ADC was ASP Ranjit Singh Gill
To some, this might seem like a enviable position but, as ASP Lim
reveals, being an ADC is demanding at times. "Sometimes we
have to plan functions single-handedly," he says. "This
can be very daunting as we are not specially trained to handle such
ASP Lim recounts an occasion when he had just been appointed ADC
and was asked to organise a reception. "As that was my very
first day as an ADC, I really didn't know what to do," he admits.
"However, with help from the staff at the Istana, things went
Of course the fact that ASP Lim had been a part-time ADC helped
Being an ADC does have its privileges, as we learnt. "Now,
I am more confident of myself and I notice an improvement in my
bearing and turn-out," notes ASP Lim. "In fact, I feel
that I am a better man as I have picked up many things along the
ASP Roland Lim confesses he is nervous taking over the reins from
"Like my predecessor, I have had only the slightest indications
of what will come," he said. "Come what may, I'll try
my best to adapt." "I also believe that this will make
me a better man," said ASP Roland. "Even though I may
have to work under extreme duress," he adds wryly.
ASP Lim agrees. "When it comes to events or such," says
ASP Lim, "There is no room for mistakes; you have to be very
precise and detailed in your planning."
It is an enormous task working so closely with the President. It
is even more daunting for the family because much time is taken
off to attend to state affairs rather than family affairs. "This
job does take up a lot of my time," confesses ASP Roland. "However,
it is still nothing compared to the time I spent as an Investigation
Officer at 'E' Division".
Kudos to both their families for their immense support. "Well,
when I married him, I already knew what I was in for," says
Mrs Roland Lim, laughing. She confesses that she has already become
used to her husband's irregular hours.
"It's not easy being a policeman's wife," observes ASP
Lim. "It's important that support and understanding are always
there." However, being an ADC's wife does have its perks as
we found out from Mrs Roland Lim. "I shook hands with the President.
This is something not every wife can boast about," she says
with a twinkle in her eye.
Indeed, being an ADC does have its pros and cons but perhaps what
is the most important thing is summarised by our Ag Commissioner
Khoo Boon Hui. "It is an honour for the Singapore Police Force
to have its officers elected as ADCs.
"I believe that these officers will do both the force and the