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National Police Cadet Corps Day 2012

May 7, 2012

MESSAGE FROM MR MICHAEL PALMER
CHAIRMAN, NPCC COUNCIL

Dear Officers and Cadets of NPCC,

1 Today, members from the NPCC family gather to observe the 53rd Anniversary of the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC). Since its humble beginnings in 1959, the Corps has grown to be one of the most popular uniformed youth organisations in Singapore.

2 The success which NPCC has achieved is by no means accidental. Character development and leadership training have been the key thrusts in the NPCC training framework. With a student-centric and values-driven approach, guided by directions from both the Ministry of Education and Singapore Police Force, NPCC has provided many platforms for a holistic experience through purposeful and engaging activities.

3 As Police Youth Ambassadors (PYA), cadets from NPCC leverage on the unique affiliation with the Singapore Police Force to learn about practical strategies to address community crime and security issues. This authentic learning experience stems from serving their peers, families and communities as role models in the area of crime prevention. In the words of CI (NPCC) Gary Toh, who was the overall coordinator of the activity for at risk students around Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood, “It was tedious due to the scale of the project, but it challenged us to think deeply into the project implementation and impact”.

4 In seeking new strategies to meaningfully engage cadets, a partnership was formed with National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Council to align NPCC Training Programmes to the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Framework. The complementary approach to school academic curriculum motivates cadets to acquire skills and knowledge as outlined in the training objectives of NPCC. NPCC also continues to encourage outdoor and adventure training to imbue a sense of ruggedness in our cadets so that they learn the value of resilience in the face of challenges.

5 A highlight in this year’s NPCC annual parade was the Feu De Joie (Fire of Joy) by the Guard-of-Honour (GOH) contingent. Selected cadets from NPCC Gold Units went through a rigorous 3 week training programme to execute the drills perfectly. At the parade, NPCC pledged to step up efforts to develop character traits such as confidence, resilience, pride and teamwork in cadets. The parade was well received and feedback from schools has been very encouraging. NPCC cadet Adeline Lee from Manjusri Secondary School felt that, “Training for a parade is never easy. There were times when I felt like giving up but my friends encouraged me to persevere and not give up easily. On the whole, I have made many new friends from this parade and learnt values such as resilience, team work and responsibility. I have also learnt to be more confident about myself. ”

6 I would like to express my sincere gratitude to School Leaders, Assistant Commandants, Teacher Officers, Police Officers, Honorary Officers, Honorary Instructors and Cadet Inspectors for their support, commitment and dedication towards the Corps. Thank you for your passion and for sharing the Corp’s values and beliefs.

7 To all NPCC officers and cadets, may this year be an enriching and fruitful year for you in NPCC. I would like to extend my best wishes to you as we share, learn and grow together as a Corps.

8 Thank you.





Jurongville Secondary School NPCC Unit

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