In the line of fire while protecting a VIP

Meet the team of elite officers from the Police Security Command, who put their lives on the line to protect the President, ministers and foreign dignitaries.
Left: ST journalist Charmaine Ng, assuming the role of a VIP in this simulation exercise, being whisked away to a getaway car by Police Security Command officers after the four-car VIP convoy was "attacked" by gunfire. Right: Police SecCom officers (
ST journalist Charmaine Ng, assuming the role of a VIP in this simulation exercise, being whisked away to a getaway car by Police Security Command officers after the four-car VIP convoy was "attacked" by gunfire. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Left: ST journalist Charmaine Ng, assuming the role of a VIP in this simulation exercise, being whisked away to a getaway car by Police Security Command officers after the four-car VIP convoy was "attacked" by gunfire. Right: Police SecCom officers (
Police SecCom officers (in white Volvo cars) demonstrating defensive driving tactics. The dark green car is a "terrorist" vehicle. The exercise was held at the Home Team Tactical Centre on May 23. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Left: ST journalist Charmaine Ng, assuming the role of a VIP in this simulation exercise, being whisked away to a getaway car by Police Security Command officers after the four-car VIP convoy was "attacked" by gunfire. Right: Police SecCom officers (
Police Security Command Staff Sergeant Joyce Chong and the head of operations and intel, Superintendent Chan Hee Keong.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Elite officers of Police Security Command demonstrate what it takes to ensure VIPs' safety

As shots were "fired", the security officer who was riding shotgun climbed over the seat back into the rear passenger seat and handed the "VIP" a bulletproof vest.

"Ma'am, I need you to wear this," she said, her voice scarcely audible over the ensuing chaos. "I have to transfer you to the back-up vehicle," she said decisively.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'In the line of fire while protecting a VIP'. Print Edition | Subscribe