PROJECT: Celebrating You - The Policewoman

THE POLICE

Hello friends,

Welcome back to the second feature of my project 'Celebrating You'! Thank you for the love for the first and second feature and I'm so excited to share more of it with you. I've been talking to more of my friends and I've gotten some of the best response ever which makes me so happy and proud of all my friends for doing all that they are and yes they deserve to celebrated!

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How I made these posts to be is an interview style of friends with different occupations from flight attendant to teachers to policewomen and even a fresh uni grad! I'm honestly so so so excited to share this with you guys and basically this purpose is to acknowledge their effort, shine a little light on what each occupations are and just a little peek into their amazing lives. HOWEVER, their identity will be kept totally anonymous, only their occupation and maybe gender will be revealed.

I don't know what else to say about this series (I kid, I have a lot) but I'm just so excited and proud of all my friends honestly! Hope that you'll enjoy these series and if you have any ideas or occupations you'd like to find out more about, give me a shout and I'll see if any of my friends are in that sector!

Lets begin!
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Today we will feature a guest that plays a really big role in safekeeping the country. Being a police is no easy job especially in a day as such. I am long time friends with this guest and it's really a great honour and opportunity to have an insight into the life of someone with an exciting life as such!

I feel like these days most people don't take authorities seriously, I remember back in the day when I would freeze up anytime I see someone in a uniform even though I am completely innocent. But it is that respect and fear for the law, authorities and people who put their lives on the line for us. Once again, this is honestly an exciting feature, enjoy!
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1. How would you introduce yourself in a sentence? 
Firearm-wielding, protector of life and property, preventer and detector of crimes.

2. Why did you decide to step into this line? 
I was at that stage in life where I needed to make a decision to either work full time or study for my degree first. I failed some interviews with SIA, bumped around some sales jobs and I decided to apply for the SPF. I think it is a privilege to be playing a part in safeguarding my country.

3. Lets talk about moments:
3.1: Favorite: 
My favourite moments will always be of the 6 months I spent in camp because that's where I get free lodging and food and still get paid!

3.2: Weirdest: 
I don't know if this is weird but while I was still training with the force; about 3-4months in, Facebook's 'on this date' app showed me a little post I posted 5 years back. It said that being an IO (Investigation Officer) should be fun and I will work towards that in the future. It was a little surprising to me because I forgot I posted that and that I wanted to be in the force those years ago.

3.3: Inspirational: 
Try working the hours we do and you'll feel thankful for all the officers that has been doing these for years.

3.4: Scariest:
I would say the scariest experience was when I was deployed for SR Nathan's wake and we were told to report to the division and to draw our arms. Being trainees, we were very much freaked out because we just learnt to shoot not long ago and being assigned guns was a very heavy responsibility. We were all like, "oh shit this is real."

4. What would you break down your daily work life to be?
I would start with my week. The first day of shift is 8am to about 730pm. The next day will be night shift starting from 730pm till about 830am the next day.

I get the next two days off (technically only 1 day because I'll sleep most of the same day off after doing the night shift) and then the shift repeats. I would like to add that we have to report earlier to draw arms and also briefing and there is AAR at the end of the shift too.

So we really do work loooooong hours.

5. Is it hard balancing work and time with your loved ones?
It is tough but sometimes we just have to make some adjustments to our lifestyles to accommodate each other's timings.

6. GUNS GUNS GUNS, are they scary and difficult? What are your first thoughts the first time you held it?
We were being tested on the accuracy of our shots so I guess when I'm holding a gun, my energy is all on the target so I don't feel scared.

The first bullet I shot scared me because I wasn't prepared for the bang it made, neither was I prepared for the recoil. It hits hard. As you get use to it, the more fun it gets until when the training is over, you will miss the ache on your palms by the recoil.

7. What do you think are some of the things that people don't know of about your job? Being in a country where it's generally safe, people don't appreciate you guys enough, what do you think they should know about that?
Honestly speaking, Singaporeans have always been complacent as regards to our seemingly safe country. They need to at least know the basics like running, hiding and calling for the police. If it is too dangerous to call, we have an SMS hotline too.

With recent attacks on our neighbouring countries, we have to stay more vigilant because threat is always around us and getting closer.

Having studied media before, it really is a double edged sword for us because people always love to take to the Internet to post stories like officer buying food (what's wrong with that? Should we starve instead?), officers always spot check on me cause I'm tattooed (we don't have to tell you the reason for us checking you because it could be based on our instincts)

8. What has been your longest and most tiring work hours, what did you do?
Night shifts are the killers. We do get to rest so that's alright because we need alert police officers to attend to cases and also to drive.

Sometimes we work pass our official ease hours because we have to bring someone to the hospitals and the next resource taking over us will have to take some time to prepare and to drive over, so our work timings are usually not fixed.

9. If you had to tell aspiring policemen/policewomen, what would be some advices you'd give to them?
You have to be prepared to go out there to fight because it's a dangerous job. You should make sure that you are willing to give up your life to save others.

10. Do they give you any liniency because you're a girl? Most people think that serving as a girl is easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Not exactly because policewomen have to be tough. Sometimes we have to handle male subjects and we cannot be weak. I like to think tough girls are sexy

11. Do you have to recite the "You are under arrest, anything you say/do can and will be held against you" *clearly i watched too much drama*
Hahaha we don't say this in Singapore. But we have to tell them they are under arrest for the offence they have committed .

Sometimes the subjects will talk to us and ask for leniency and we would tell them to tell their story to the IO in charge of their case because telling us does not help because we are not the ones handling the cases. We are just the first responders to the case.

12. What is your daily motivation? It's definitely not easy being a police! 
For now my motivation is to experience the hoard of cases out there. Everyday is a new day because we get to all learn from different cases.

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I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did and stay excited for the next feature and posts!

Till next time,
Cheryl xx

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