|The two stories that follow are simple little stories,
not great action stories of herioc deeds and brilliant investigation.
But they show how our officers helped people solve their day to day
The stories demonstrate that sincerity and a desire to help
are always appreciated and very often, it is these simple little incidents
that do so much to enhance the image of the force in the eyes of the
||A helping hand for the aged
Cpl Sim Hock Hee of Bedok NPP was on afternoon desk duty
when he looked across the road and saw something that perturbed him
greatly. It was an old and infirm Indian man struggling to cross the
road. He was stuck in the middle with traffic on both sides, with
nobody around to help him.
Cpl Sim went across to help and was even more surprised to discover
that the old man, Mr Abdul Jabbar had only one leg and was carrying
a bag of groceries as well. Cpl Sim quickly asked Sgt Lim Kim Sheng
and Cpl Kumar Suresh of Team A for assistance. The quick-thinking
officers grabbed a chair with rollers from the Neighbourhood Police
Post(NPP) and wheeled him home.
Wondering why Mr Jabbar would be out on the streets unaccompanied,
Cpl Sim visited him the next day to find out what he could of the
unfortunate man's background.
|He discovered that Mr Jabbar shared lodgings with two
other tennants and that he would normally ask the assistance of his
neighbours in purchasing groceries. If no help was forthcoming, he
venture out on his own.
To ensure Mr Jabbar would not find himself in another predicament
like the one he had been through, Cpl Sim gave Mr Jabbar the telephone
number of the NPP and asked him to call if he needed assistance the
Allaying a mother's fears
Cpl Abdul Karim and PC Azmi Omar from the Kaki Bukit NPP were on scooter
patrol when they received a message from the Operation Room at about
2pm. They were told to attend to a case where a two-year old toddler
had accidentally been locked inside the master bedroom of a house.
While the mother and an elder daughter were having a nap, her little
daughter had gone into the bedroom, locked herself in, and gone to
sleep. As all the house keys were in the bedroom, the mother was unable
to free her child or to unlock her front grille gate.
When the officers arrived, the little girl woke up, and started crying.
The two officers knew that if the little girl was not freed shortly,
she would probably cry herself into a frenzy and might even hurt herself
in her panic. The officers advised the mother to continue talking
to the child so that the child would calm down.
While Cpl Karim stayed behind to monitor the situation, PC Azmi went
searching for of a locksmith who saved the situation. Mother and child
were re-united and everything was brought under control.
Before leaving, the officers left the grateful mother with a bit of
helpful advise. "Keep a spare key in the kitchen".