Since 1976, Police Life Monthly (PLM) has made many
advances in its efforts to disseminate information to officers on
the ground. Starting off as a publication, and then going online
on SPF’s own web site, PLM has now gone "big-time",
playing a big role on the goggle box.
You may remember PLM being featured in an episode on the television
serial "Triple Nine" in which actress, Ms Lisa Ang, was
cast as a PLM writer. In the episode, Ms Lisa Ang interviewed Insp
Mike Chin and Insp Elaine Tay on their past experiences for her
article on CID. The serial’s chief scriptwriter got the idea
of featuring PLM when he learnt about it on the Internet.
Did "Triple Nine" accurately portray what it's like to
be a PLM writer? Well, our writers thought it a bit strange that
a woman was cast as a PLM writer because there are no female writers
in PLM’s twenty-year history. Furthermore, the TV show made
it look as if it was easy to get interviews when in fact it is quite
"Most of the time, we have to go through some amount of cajoling
before an officer agrees to be interviewed," laments PLM writer
SC/Cpl Nisar Keshvani.
"Also, the articles you see in print are the results of months
of planning and hard work," says Insp Tan Seng Teck, PLM writer.
The three-man team of PLM writers should know - they’re always
on the move, looking out for potential stories and news scoops.
Aside from their normal administrative duties, they are also involved
in the coverage of police-related events.
Oh well, there’s showbiz for you....