"When the pioneer batch of NSIs first underwent training in
PA, part of their training schedule saw them go on an attachment
stint at SAFTI. The training then was very tough but we adapted
easily, especially after PA's training. I'm proud that I was part
of the first ever Guard-of-Honour contingent formed by the SPF in
After graduation, Insp Zulkifli took charge of a policing team (Watch
Team in the present context) in 'J' Division. "When I was Officer-in-Charge
then, the team won awards every month. I guess it's because we often
stayed back after work to carry on our own rounds," he said.
His other posts included investigating officer and even training
officer. "I was training both NSIs and regular officers in
the division then," he recalled.
Before his present post at Prosecution Branch, Insp Zulkifli was
involved mainly in investigation in the now defunct 'B' Division,
then 'C' Division, and then Secret Societies Branch.
"Operation Ferret was carried out during my NS days, and drug
abuse was open then," revealed Insp Zulkifli. "You could
even see people swaggering on the streets, some high and others
openly peddling their wares." Because he looked young, Insp
Zulkifli was often tasked to serve as an undercover cop.
"It was experiences like these that made me realise the amount
of commitment an officer's job required," said Insp Zulkifli.
"To all NSmen who are considering a career in the force, remember
this - as an officer, you are the bastion of the Force."
The glory goes to the team
"Please do not glorify me in your magazine, it's the
team that made my job possible," NSI Teo Yeow Seng said modestly
during an interview. He is from the 23rd batch NSI and currently
serves his National Service in 'A' Division as Assistant Operations
Officer. Besides normal staff work like writing minutes and attending
meetings, NSI Teo has to put up operations orders for events like
the National Day Parade. He has to also put up divisional situation
reports to Police Headquarters every week.
"In every event and activity, all of us in the team have to
work from start to the end," he continued. "From putting
up operations orders to deployment of men to monitoring the events.
We go down to the ground and 'dirty' our hands whenever the need
arises, even sometimes working overnight." The consolation
is the sense of pride that comes with achievement - his WITs team
won a Bronze in the SPF PS21 Productivity Awards Presentation held
at MND Auditorium on 26 July.
NSI Teo wants his men to be happy working with him as a team. "Though
we are only serving National Service, I think we should do our bit.
We should think positively and be self-motivated to achieve the
greatest job satisfaction."
The professional touch
You may have seen training videos in the Academy and wondered
where they are made. Their high quality may fool you into thinking
they're made by professional agencies.
These videos are in fact produced in-house by a team of dedicated
officers from the Audio-Visual Unit at the Police Academy, of whom
six are PNSmen.
The team has come a long way since it was formed in the 1970s. Today
it has the highly-sophisticated AVID editing system and industry-standard
camera equipment. A total of $500,000 has been spent to constantly
upgrade the unit.
"I am glad I can use my training and background in serving
the nation. It is definitely an extension of my mass communication
background," said SC/Cpl Dzulkifli Sungit.
"For the entire team, perhaps the ultimate dream is to undertake
the production of Crime Watch wholly." revealed SSgt Eddy Ooi,
Officer-in-charge of the unit, to nods of approval from his team