|A/Insp Zainal Ramli of 'E' Division was
one of 1,652 junior officers who received their promotion certificates
from Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Assoc Prof Ho Peng
Kee on 24 October at the Singapore Immigration Building Auditorium.
It was a proud moment, but also a solemn one because it reminded him
of a traumatic incident many years ago that initially discouraged
him but eventually motivated him to strive for excellence.
That incident involved the tragic death of one of his fellow officers
Cpl Mirza Abdul Halim, who was killed in the line of duty while attending
to a case of housebreaking. A/Insp Zainal had been one of the first
to arrive at the scene.
|"I was very sad, and even contemplated resigning
from the Force. Fortunately I spoke to the right people and they dissuaded
me. In fact they encouraged me to stay on and to relate my thoughts
on this experience to the younger officers. I even re-enacted my role
for Crime Watch as I felt it would be appropriate to pass on this
learning value. I have not looked back since," he recalled.
I was very sad, and even contemplated
resigning from the Force. Fortunately I spoke to the right people
and they dissuaded me. In fact they encouraged me to stay on and
to relate my thoughts on this experience to the younger officers.
|To remind officers to be wary when on their
rounds, 'G' Division officers planted a palm tree with a commemorative
plaque in honour of Cpl Mirza at the gates of the Division. During
in-service sessions, A/Insp Zainal related the story of Cpl Mirza
to younger officers. A training package was even developed based on
this case to increase the level of awareness.
"We know we are exposed to danger and it lurks in the simplest
of cases. I hope that it is the only palm tree we will need to plant,"
said A/Insp Zainal.
A/Insp Zainal joined the Force 14 years ago and spent most of his
career at 'G' Division. He slowly rose through the ranks and was handpicked
to assume the rank of Acting Inspector.
Another experienced officer promoted during the ceremony was SSgt
Soh Bee Choo from Traffic Police's Major Team.
| Being an officer in the team is not easy
as they are often exposed to frightful accident scenes. However, SSgt
Soh felt differently. "I really enjoy police work especially
investigating traffic accidents. There are not many women in my team
as we see some gruesome sights but I take it as part of my job."
"I'm also grateful to my mentors who have helped me along the
way," said SSgt Soh. "Whenever any difficult cases crop
up, I approach them and they are always willing to impart their accumulated
experience and knowledge to me."
As a mother of two, SSgt Soh also faced the difficulty of juggling
between being a mother, wife and policewoman. "Investigation
takes a lot of patience and skill," said SSgt Soh. "It really
helps that my family understands my job scope and long hours."
When asked what her children thought of her profession, she replied:
"Well, naturally they are proud of me. In fact sometimes I catch
my son wearing my uniform and he often tells me that he wants to become