National Police Cadet Corps


The National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC) is one of the national uniformed group for youths between age 13 to 17 in Singapore. The organization is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

National Police Cadet Corps
Logo of the National Police Cadet Corps
Flag of the National Police Cadet Corps
AbbreviationNPCC
Agency overview
Formed8 May, 1959
Preceding agencies
  • Police Cadet Corps (8 May 1959 – 31 December 1968)
  • National Cadet Corps (Police) (1 January 1969 – 19 July 1971)
Volunteers~10,000 (2021)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionSingapore
Constituting instruments
  • Home Team Corps Act 2017
  • Home Team Corps Regulations 2018
  • Home Team Corps (Service Medal) Regulations 2018
  • Home Team Corps (Long Service Medal) Regulations 2018
Operational structure
Overviewed byHome Team Corps Council
HeadquartersHome Team Academy
Agency executives
  • Supt Tan Shing Shin, Commandant
  • A/Prof Stephen Phua Lye Huat, Chairman, Home Team Corps Council
Parent agencyMinistry of Home Affairs / Ministry of Education
School Units132 (2022)
Facilities
CampsitesNPCC Camp Resilience, 80 Jalan Noordin, Pulau Ubin, Singapore 506995
Website
www.npcc.org.sg

Ranks


Foreground – from left to right: Cadet, Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Station Inspector ranks Background: NPCC peak cap, headdress worn by male Cadet Inspectors, Honorary Officers and Teacher Officers in No. 1 or No .3 attire; NPCC ceremonial sword, ceremonial drill weapon.

As NPCC is affiliated with the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the ranks of NPCC are similar. NPCC ranks have the suffix 'NPCC' on it to distinguish their ranks from the SPF ranks.

Activities


Unit level

Training may be held once or twice a week, depending on the unit.

  • Physical Training
    Cadets undergo warm up first before they engage in exercises like crunches, push ups and jumping jacks and running. Cadets are required to change to their Physical Training Kit (their unit, area or squad tee and black/dark blue track pants with sports shoes/school shoes) before doing PT.
  • Recreational Training
    Recreational Training is usually held to allow cadets to relax and unwind. It usually consists of team-bonding games such as Captain's Ball or Dodgeball. However, it is not carried out often to maintain discipline and because of the limited time that units have to train.
  • Drills Training
    Foot drills are taught to cadets to instill discipline and build teamwork. Drills taught are foot drills, baton drills (using baton holders attached to the belt of the uniform) and rifle drills (using plastic M16 rifles).
  • Classroom Lectures
    Classroom lectures are organised by Teacher Officers or Police Officers to give cadets an insight of Police work, NPCC and National Education. These lessons includes Total Defence, Crime Prevention, Police Procedure and Basic Law. Classroom lectures are meant to equip the cadets with a basic knowledge of the Singapore Police Force and also basic crime prevention skills, which is very useful in their daily life.
  • Marksmanship
    Cadets will get the opportunity to fire the .22 Smith & Wesson revolver and the Colt M16 rifle (NPCC Sea cadets only) in Secondary 3, as part of Marksmanship training. During weapon training sessions, cadets are always accompanied by Field Instructors from NPCC HQ who are police officers and Teacher Officers from the units involved with the day's weapon training course. This ensures the safety of cadets involved in the shooting sessions. NPCC Cadets shooting the .22 Smith and Wesson Revolver will have a chance to attain the Marksmanship Proficientcy Badge which displays a target and a revolver. Officers have the opportunity to fire the .38 Taurus Model 85 revolver, the standard issue revolver used by the Singapore Police Force.
  • Personal Development
    Other courses such as the Kayaking, First Aid, Swimming and Life Saving badge programmes are not compulsory for units to take part in, but helps to develop the cadets holistically.

Cadets can attain proficiency badges after completing the courses.[1]

Area level

  • Camp Resilience
    The Camp Resilience was opened officially on 10 August 2004 on Pulau Ubin. It comprises two camps, Kampong Noordin and Kampong Bahru which are used for area Adventure Training Camps (ATC) for Secondary 2 cadets, and Survival Training Camps (STC) for Secondary 3 cadets.

School/Headquarters/National level

  • Parades Selected cadets can participate in parades such as their school's National Day Parade (School level), the NPCC Annual Parade (Headquarters level), the Singapore Youth Festival and the Singapore National Day Parade (National level).
  • Cadet Leader Drill Course (CLC) Cadets who are selected to attend this course are taught more about Cadet Leadership, and other things such as advanced foot drills.
  • Overseas Educational Visits (OEV)[2]

OEVs are held at the Headquarters level.

- Brunei

A 5-day educational visit for selected secondary 2 cadets which includes exchanges with the Royal Brunei Police Force and Royal Brunei Police Cadet Force (PKP). NPCC made its inaugural visit in May 2011.

- Hong Kong

A 5-day educational visit for selected secondary 3 cadets which includes exchanges with the Hong Kong Police Force and Hong Kong Junior Police Call (JPC). NPCC made its inaugural visit in 2004.

Awards


Cadets

  • SPF-NPCC Badge

The SPF-NPCC Badge was first launched in 1997 to give recognition to cadets with good leadership qualities and outstanding achievements. It is the highest award badge that cadets can vie for.[3]

  • Best Unit Cadet Badge

The Best Unit Cadet (BUC) award badge is awarded to two cadets for a mixed gender unit and one cadet for a single gender unit.

Cadet Inspectors and Officers

  • Commissioner of Police Awards
  1. Individual Commendation
  2. Individual Testimonial
  3. Team Commendation
  4. Team Testimonial
  • Service Medals (Officers only)[4]
  1. NPCC Service Medal (5 Years)
  2. NPCC Long Service Medal (10 Years)

A Clasp may be awarded to recipients of the NPCC Long Service Medal on the completion of each further 5‑year period of continuous and unbroken qualifying service subsequent to the date of completion of qualifying service for the NPCC Long Service Medal.

Milestones


Laying the Groundwork

1959 – A pilot scheme was launched whereby a Police Cadet Corps (PCC) Unit was set up on an experimental basis. Bartley Secondary School formed the first unit with 30 cadets and a teacher officer.

2 June 1961 – The Police Cadet Corps Ordinance was enacted. All schools were given the approval to set up PCC units. Siglap Secondary School and Serangoon Garden Government High School were the first to form such units.

1963 – The PCC and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) came under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) with the Director of Education as the Director of Cadet Forces and in the following year, the PCC recruited girl cadets. Two new units were formed in the Raffles Girls' School and Sang Nila Utama Secondary School.

1968 – Formation signs were introduced for unit identity.

1969 – With the integration of PCC, Army, Air & Sea, the PCC was renamed National Cadet Corps (Police).

Consolidating The Ground

1970 – Cadet Inspectors' unit was formed from students in pre-university classes.

1971 – The NCC (Police) was renamed National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC). The NPCC band was also formed in the same year.

1972 – The "grey and khaki" uniform was changed to the present all-blue.

1973 – NPCC went on their first OEV to Indonesia.

1974 – The NPCC Council was established by an Act of Parliament.

1 April 1975 – The NPCC Council was inaugurated by the Minister for Education.

1976 – The NPCC Band recruited girl cadets.

1979 – The NPCC service medals and clasps were introduced for officers and a year later, Proficiency Badges for cadets were introduced.

Manoeuvering The Ground

1980 – This period of time saw many initiatives being introduced to the Corps: the proficiency badges were introduced in 1980 in the hope of generating greater interest and opening up avenues to challenge cadets to achieve and excel.

1982 – The NUS NPCC Unit was established in 1982 to allow ex-cadets to continue their involvement in the Corps. These ex-cadets are known as "Honorary Officers".

1983 – The NPCC Pledge and NPCC March were introduced in 1983 and 1984 respectively to nurture a distinct NPCC Culture.

1984 – The objectives of the Corps was modified in 1984 to reflect the intellectual dimension and national concerns while retaining the traditional emphases.

1987 – The NPCC Pulau Ubin Camp Site was officially declared open in 1987.

Soaring Above The Ground

1991 – NTU NPCC Unit was established in 1991. In the same year, the training wing of NPCC HQ assisted in the training of police officers in campcraft who were scheduled to go on their first UN Peace Keeping Mission in Namibia.

1994 – The Corps came closer to realise its dream to develop an NPCC Camp that could accommodate 750 campers when the Urban Redevelopment Authority leased to it a 26-hectare piece of land in Pulau Ubin in 1994.

1996 – The NPCC Mission Statement and Core Beliefs were formulated and adopted in 1996 to root the Corps in a strong and purposeful philosophy.

1997 – The most prestigious of the NPCC Badges – the SPF-NPCC Badge – was unveiled in 1997 and was awarded to 10 cadets in that same year during the NPCC Day Parade.

September 2000 – The idea to explore the set-up of the NPCC (Sea) Unit first surfaced during a meeting on the progress of the new NPCC campsite at Pulau Ubin. The meeting involved Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chairman NPCC Council and Commandant NPCC.

27 November 2001 – NPCC council gave in-principle approval to start the NPCC (Sea) Unit in two schools namely; Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Springfield Secondary School.

January 2002 – The two schools initiated recruitment of cadets for the sea units.

20 April 2002 – The new NPCC Ceremonial Flag was launched during the NPCC Day Parade.

15 January 2003 – The two sea units were launched on together with the ground -breaking ceremony for the Loyang Regional Base.

2005 – Pioneer batch of Non-Commissioned Officers took over as the new leaders of the NPCC (Sea) units in Singapore.

2006 – Raffles Girls' School initiated recruitment of girl cadets for its all girls sea unit, the first in Singapore.

2006New Town Secondary School and Hwa Chong Institution become the first two units to receive the Unit Excellence Award for ten consecutive Unit Overall Proficiency Gold Awards at the annual NPCC day parade 2006.

2008Maris Stella High School NPCC Unit received their Unit Excellence Award for ten consecutive Unit Overall Proficiency Gold Award at the annual NPCC day parade 2008, thus making them the third unit in Singapore to receive this award.

18 April 2009 – NPCC marked its 50th anniversary at its annual NPCC day parade celebrations at the Home Team Academy. Victoria School and Cedar Girls' Secondary School NPCC Unit received their Unit Excellence Award for ten consecutive Unit Overall Proficiency Gold Award at the annual NPCC day parade 2009, thus making them the fourth and fifth unit in Singapore to receive this award. This also marks Cedar Girls' as the first all girls unit to be awarded the Unit Excellence Award for ten consecutive Unit Overall Proficiency Gold Award.

8 January 2011 – NPCC and National Civil Defence Cadet Corps held the Farewell Parade for NPCC Council Chairman Charles Chong.[5]

2017 - NPCC and NCDCC are under a new, single administrative body called the Home Team Corps Council.

2019 - NPCC celebrated its 60th anniversary at its annual NPCC Annual Parade at the Home Team Academy.

People


Council Chairpersons

NPCC Council

  • 1st: Professor Lawrence Chia Hock Leong (1975)
  • 10th: Associate Professor Yeo Jin Fei
  • 13th: Mr Charles Chong (2002 - 2011)
  • 14th: Mr Michael Palmer (2011 - 2012)
  • 14th (Covering): SAC Zuraidah binte Abdullah, Commander TRACOM
  • 16th: Associate Professor Stephen Phua Lye Huat (2017)

HTC Council

  • 1st: Associate Professor Stephen Phua Lye Huat (2018 - 2019)
  • 2nd: Associate Professor Stephen Phua Lye Huat (2020 - Current)

Commandants

Commandant, Volunteer Special Constabulary/Police Cadet Corps

  • Supt Ng Leng Hock (1961–1962)
  • DSP J. Matthew (1962–1963)
  • Supt Lim Seng Huat (1963–1965)
  • DSP Tan Teck Keng (1965–1966)
  • DSP Yap Boon Keng (1966–1967)

Commandant, Police Cadet Corps

  • Supt Niaz Mohd Shah (1967–1969)

Commandant, National Cadet Corps (Police)

  • Supt Niaz Mohd Shah (1969-3 February 1969)
  • DSP AG Fernandez (4 February 1969 – 21 April 1969)
  • Supt Niaz Mohd Shah (22 April 1969 – 29 July 1971)

Commandant, National Police Cadet Corps

  • Supt Niaz Mohd Shah (20 July 1971 – 18 October 1971)
  • ASP Wong Chek Sung (18 October 1971 – 31 January 1972)
  • Ag DSP Oh Chwee Hock (1 February 1972 – 9 May 1973)
  • Ag DSP VE Jacobs (10 May 1973 – 31 December 1973)
  • Ag DSP Ram Naidu (1 January 1974 – 28 April 1974)
  • Ag Supt Simon Cornelius (29 April 1974 – 30 April 1977)
  • Ag Supt Jalaluddin Yusok (1 May 1977 – 30 September 1977)
  • Ag Supt Chong Seck Kong (1 October 1977 – 15 August 1979)
  • DSP CJ Ballard (16 August 1979 – 31 December 1984)
  • DSP Xavier Lim (4 January 1985 – 9 January 1989)
  • DSP II Alan Khoo (10 January 1989 – 28 March 1992)
  • Ag DSP Lee Nai Kong (10 February 1992 – 17 October 1993)
  • Ag Supt Chin Lee Poh (18 October 1993 – 21 September 1996)
  • Ag DSP Yong Khin Chong (22 September 1996 – 30 June 2000)
  • Supt Kui Yong Sin (1 July 2000 – 2004)
  • Supt Geraldine Tan Sock Koon (15 March 2004 – 30 December 2007)
  • Supt Rosalind Khoo (1 February 2008 – 18 July 2011)
  • Supt Mohd Redhza bin Abdul Rahim (11 July 2011 – 7 March 2014)
  • Supt Hoo Poh Heng (31 July 2014 – 24 Jan 2021)
  • Supt Tan Shing Shin (25 Jan 2021 – Present)

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