'Back-end' media team gets spotlight at annual police awards ceremony

 (From left) Mr Matin Akmal, Mr Ridhwan Ismail, DSP Jimmy Law, Mr Peh Mingcheng and Mr Zulfadli Mohamed Isa from the Singapore Police Force's Media Production Team.
(From left) Mr Matin Akmal, Mr Ridhwan Ismail, DSP Jimmy Law, Mr Peh Mingcheng and Mr Zulfadli Mohamed Isa from the Singapore Police Force's Media Production Team.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHD YUSOF
(From left) Mr Zulfadli Mohamed Isa, DSP Jimmy Law, Mr Ridhwan Ismail, Mr Matin Akmal, Mr Peh Mingcheng, ASP Low Kay Wee from Jurong Division and Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police force Corporal Rohani Ahmad received commendation awards on Feb 6, 2017.
(From left) Mr Zulfadli Mohamed Isa, DSP Jimmy Law, Mr Ridhwan Ismail, Mr Matin Akmal, Mr Peh Mingcheng, ASP Low Kay Wee from Jurong Division and Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police force Corporal Rohani Ahmad received commendation awards on Feb 6, 2017.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHD YUSOF
Corporal Rohani Ahmad, 53, from Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police Force received a commendation from Commissioner of Police for returning a pouch she had found at Changi Airport Terminal 1.
Corporal Rohani Ahmad, 53, from Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police Force received a commendation from Commissioner of Police for returning a pouch she had found at Changi Airport Terminal 1.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHD YUSOF

SINGAPORE - It took days of backbreaking work to capture the Home Team in action during a counter terrorism exercise in October (2016).

The resulting 12 hours of footage was condensed into a 3 minute, 30 second clip which raised public awareness to the potential threat of terror attacks here.

The exercise also tested the battle-readiness of Singapore's defenders.

In one dramatic scene, terrorists storm a port before they are gunned down by a crack team from the police force.

The police Media Production Team, which was behind the effort, was recognised for its work with a team commendation at a police awards ceremony on Monday (Feb 6).

It was a pleasant surprise for the team, more used to being behind the lens, not in the spotlight, said its chief, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jimmy Law.

"I didn't expect my team to win this award because we're not front-line personnel," said DSP Law, 49, whose team comprises four regular officers and four full-time national servicemen.

The ceremony, held at the Home Team Academy in Old Choa Chu Kang Road, featured seven high commendations, along with other awards given to 52 individuals and 58 teams.

Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck presented the commendation certificates to individuals and teams from the Singapore Police Force and Certis Cisco Auxiliary Police Force for their outstanding work during the period of Jan 1 to June 30 last year (2016).

"This ceremony commends our officers who have done outstanding work, as well as those who have demonstrated the SPF's core values of courage, loyalty, integrity and fairness," he said.

"Our officers are our most valued asset and such recognition will inspire them and fellow officers to continually do their best to serve our community and safeguard the nation."

One awardee, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Low Kay Wee of the Jurong Division, said receiving a commendation for his leadership role as officer-in-charge of a team of investigating officers was an honour.

He saw it as a duty to motivate his team.

"Naturally, (on longer investigations) they get tired when burning the midnight oil. It's physically and mentally draining... But I have to stay calm to provide guidance to my investigators."

Corporal (Cpl) Rohani Ahmad, who joined Certis Cisco's Auxiliary Police Force in 1982, received an award for Upholding High Standards of Integrity.

She had found a blue waist pouch while on night duty at Changi Airport on May 26 last year

She passed the pouch - containing over S$10,000 worth of foreign currency, credit cards and a passport - to a customer service officer.

Cpl Rohani, 53, knows how distressing it can be to lose valuables in a person's own country, let alone in a foreign one - she once lost her mobile phone containing key contact details here. Her phone was never found.

The man who lost the pouch was more fortunate. He got his belongings back after an announcement over the public address system.

Said Cpl Rohani: "He told me that he was grateful he had lost the pouch in Singapore."