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Published: 01 Dec 2017 08:23AM (Singapore)
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My Son, the SPF Officer
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Graduating as a National Service Probationary Inspector (NSPI) with pride and passion, and joining other Home Team officers in keeping Singapore safe and secure – one family’s National Service (NS) story.
 
By Mike Tan
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One of the milestones of the NS experience is the Graduation Parade – that moment when trainees complete a phase of their training to take on greater responsibilities, joining other Home Team officers in keeping Singapore safe and secure.

On 23 November 2017, after seven months of rigorous training, the 66th batch of Singapore Police Force (SPF) NS Officer Cadets received their rank epaulettes at their Graduation Parade. Among them was NSPI Kevin Lee, 22; he shares his story with us.

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“I was one of the lucky few to be selected for the SPF Officer Cadet course back in April. Before that, I spent 2.5 months at Golf Division doing operational work, so this gave me a sense of what police work was like.

“Our seven months of training was hard, but I have many fond memories of our time together; things I will hold dear. We forged really strong bonds as a squad. The most important lesson I learnt was communication, learning how to listen to others, and to share my ideas.

“I have a Diploma in Music Performance from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, so besides my duties as an Officer Cadet, I was also a member of the SPF Band, and performed on various special occasions. One highlight for me was when I sang at the ASEANAPOL Conference in September.

“Our training is physically demanding, and it can be a challenge for us to balance our duties as NSmen with our personal commitments. But we have to make sacrifices. It’s about keeping our passion alive, and letting it drive us. The SPF value that really resonates with me is courage – doing what is right and necessary, and to continue pursuing our passion.

“I will be posted to Training Command after my Graduation, so I will get to work with future batches of trainees. Before I enlisted, I just took it for granted that Singapore was a safe country. Now I know that that a lot of work goes into maintaining our security. That’s why I feel proud to be a police officer for two years.”

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Kevin (top right), with his proud parents. PHOTOS: Muhd Khair, Mike Tan

Ms Chia Mian Cher, Kevin’s mother

“I am very proud of Kevin. He has always known what he wanted, and once he makes up his mind about something, he will do it. Music is his passion, and he has put his heart into it. In the same way, he has put his heart into his NS experience.”

Mr Jonathan Lee, Kevin’s father

“Kevin is the older of my two sons. He was a typical boy growing up!

“I feel thankful for the training Kevin has received. I always told him to gain something from his NS experiences – work hard; take care of yourself; don’t waste your two years.

“I wasn’t worried about how tough Kevin’s training would be, even when he went for a three-day solo exercise on Pulau Tekong. He’s old enough, and I knew in my heart of hearts that he could do it. Kevin is more mature now, and I am proud that he achieved something for himself.”

Other articles on graduation:
Officer Cadets and Senior Officer Trainees Graduate to New Horizons
Police Pride: From Recruits to Officer Cadets

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