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NPCC Day 2010 Message

May 16, 2010

NATIONAL POLICE CADET CORPS DAY 2010
7 MAY 2010


MESSAGE FROM MR CHARLES CHONG
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR PASIR RIS-PUNGOGL GRC
CHAIRMAN, NPCC COUNCIL

Dear Officers and Cadets of NPCC

1. Today, we celebrate the founding of the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC). It’s my pleasure to share this joyous occasion with all of you. The Corps has come a long way since its inception in 1959. With a membership of 20,000, NPCC today remains a popular uniformed group in our schools. Our success did not happen by chance. It is the result of the efforts of our founders as well as the hard work and dedication of our members, past and present. Having celebrated its golden jubilee in 2009, NPCC is eager to embark on its journey to the next milestone.

2. In a recent announcement, the Ministry of Education revealed its intention to implement a new framework in order to enhance the development of 21st century competencies in our students. This move is necessary to better prepare our students to thrive in a fast-changing and highly-connected world. It aims to nurture every child into a confident person, a self-directed learner, a concerned citizen and an active contributor. Hence, MOE will be placing greater emphasis on these competencies through the academic curriculum and Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs).

3. In this respect, I am confident that NPCC is well-positioned to complement the schools’ effort in nurturing our students to thrive in the 21st century environment. Many aspects of NPCC programmes are already geared towards developing the faculties of mind, heart and soul of the cadets as well as to imbue in them important values such as loyalty, integrity, responsibility, civic consciousness, sense of righteousness, team spirit and care for others. In addition, its rigorous outdoor adventure training aims to develop cadets’ physical and mental resilience as well. We instil in our young cadets the importance of playing our role as the builders of a safe and secure home. Training programmes such as Police Knowledge, Homefront Security and Total Defence serve to raise the awareness of cadets on matters relating to safety and security. Such exposure places our cadets an edge above many and they, in turn, share what they have learnt with their families and friends. All these programmes have provided NPCC with a strong foundation in developing our youths. NPCC will build on this foundation and work with MOE to strengthen the development of 21st century skills.

4. We should not allow ourselves to bask in the glory and successes of our past. Instead, we should continue to seek new breakthroughs. As NPCC transits to the next milestone, new horizons with endless possibilities are presented. The years ahead will bring not just exciting opportunities, but also new challenges. NPCC must continue to innovate and adapt to the changing environment in order to stay relevant in today’s society. It will continue to strive to deliver programmes with high learning value. To this end, NPCC will adopt a two-pronged approach – firstly, to consolidate and strengthen its foundation and secondly, to explore new horizons.

5. Well-built systems, policies and processes are critical success factors which form the foundation upon which NPCC builds its future. Past generations of NPCC members have laid a solid foundation. As our operating environment constantly changes, so too must we evolve in order to keep pace. This is akin to building a skyscraper. The structure must first have a solid foundation before it can hold the tons of steel and concrete piled high into the sky. Much effort has been made in recent years to ensure sound policies and procedures are put in place. Directives in the area of administration, discipline, human resource and training were promulgated to streamline processes. Members can expect such efforts to continue as a way to strengthen our foundation.

6. On the training front, the NPCC 6As Learning Path will continue to be the beacon that guides the development of its training programmes. Similar effort is also being made to enhance the capacity of our teacher-officers, youth leaders and cadets. In 2009, NPCC produced its very own corporate video and the 50th anniversary coffee table book. A Drill Instructional Video and Manual was also made and distributed to the school units. Feedback on these resources has been encouraging. Members can look forward to more developments this year such as the introduction of the Cadet Leaders’ Drill Course, the Cadet’s Handbook and the Facilitator’s Guide. Existing training courses will also be enhanced in both content as well as training delivery. New overseas training programmes will also be explored with the aim to widen the horizon of our members.

7. Apart from ensuring that NPCC training remains relevant and enriching, training activities should also be fun and interesting. Learning must be engaging regardless of the level of participation. Fond memories of one’s experience in NPCC will last a lifetime. As teacher-officers, you can ignite the passion in your cadets. In fact, there are members who have devoted a large part of their lives, growing up with NPCC as a cadet, volunteering as a Cadet Inspector or Honorary Officer with some taking up the appointment of NPCC teacher-officers eventually. I am sure NPCC must have struck a cord in the hearts of these individuals. As such, I would like to challenge NPCC Officers to continue to come up with creative ways to engage our cadets so that they will enjoy learning and find a fulfilling experience in their 4 to 5 years journey with the NPCC. For the cadets, I encourage you to seize every opportunity to learn new skills and foster friendships that will last a lifetime.

8. Endless possibilities lie ahead. We must dare to dream and try out new initiatives. This is the attitude that we must adopt in order to remain at the forefront of knowledge, innovation and skills and to give the best for our cadets. To achieve this outcome, all members of the Corps must work together as one!

9. Today, as you renew your pledge of loyalty to serve NPCC with pride and dignity, do think of the outcome that you want to achieve in your journey with the NPCC. Continue to engage yourself in the multi-faceted NPCC training programme, acquire the values and skills that will see you through life. Leverage on opportunities to enrich your experience so that one day you will look back to your days in NPCC with fond memories of fun and camaraderie.

10. In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the school leaders, Assistant Commandants, teacher-officers, police officers, honorary officers, cadet inspectors and volunteers for their invaluable contributions, unwavering commitment and dedication to the Corps. We look forward to your continued support in the development of our cadets in the years ahead. Finally, I wish to extend my best wishes to all officers and cadets. I am confident that an exciting and fruitful year awaits you and NPCC.

11. Thank you.

Wenbin

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