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Shoulder to Shoulder with SPF Officers: A Bruneian Officer Shares His Training Exchange Experiences
Challenging frontline attachments, great food and enduring bonds forged while training – one Bruneian Police officer’s highlights as a trainee with the Singapore Police Force.

From the way he raves about local favourites such as durian and barbecued stingray, you could almost mistake Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ziyad Bin Abdul Rahman for a true blue (food-loving) Singaporean. But guess again; the 25-year-old hails from Brunei and serves in the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

ASP Ziyad and seven other RBPF officers were among  the 494 trainees who graduated from their various training programmes at the Home Team Academy (HTA) on 30 April 2018. They were given the opportunity to undergo an eight-month residential training programme at the HTA, where they learned how the Singapore Police Force (SPF) operates.

The Singapore and Brunei Police forces share a longstanding bond. Since the 1980s, the SPF has maintained strong ties with overseas partners such as the RBPF to combat transnational crime. One way in which the SPF builds this partnership is through regular training exchanges with its Bruneian counterpart.

“Training exchanges, such as our partnership with the Royal Brunei Police Force, are crucial to helping our officers build close personal friendships and trust between our Forces,” said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health, Mr Amrin Amin, who graced the graduation ceremony. 
 
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ASP Ziyad leading his squad during the graduation ceremony at the HTA on 30 April 2018. His squad was made up of senior officers from the SPF and RBPF. PHOTO: Muhamad Khair

Sharing Best Practices 
As part of their training, the eight RBPF trainees underwent attachment programmes at various SPF departments, which included Neighbourhood Police Centres (NPCs), Central Investigation Division (CID) and the Special Operations Command.

ASP Ziyad’s favourite stint was  learning about the role of a NPC Officer at Rochor NPC. “It was such a good experience,” he said. “There’s no other time when we can be attached to these Divisions and NPCs other than when we’re here for training.”

The experience gave him a taste of what ground officers go through on a daily basis. “I enjoyed my posting at Rochor,” he said about the two-week attachment. “The officer-in-charge brought me around and showed me how law enforcement operates in Singapore.”

Another highlight was ASP Ziyad’s attachment at the CID which exposed him to cutting-edge technologies and tools used by the SPF to fight crime. 
 
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For eight months, the HTA was ASP Ziyad’s home away from home. PHOTO: Hanafi Kasmani

Fostering Bonds the Singaporean Way
His stay in Singapore wouldn’t have been complete without indulging in every Singaporean’s favourite past-time: food. And it was no surprise that ASP Ziyad and his fellow RBPF officers were brought by their SPF counterparts to Singapore’s many tourist hotspots to – in ASP Ziyad’s words – makan (“to eat” in Malay).

Asked what his favourite Singaporean dish is, ASP Ziyad said, “There’s a lot to mention, but if you ask me to name one, I would choose barbecued stingray! And here you have durians from all over the region.”

Ties that Bind
ASP Ziyad will bring many memories and lessons back to Brunei. “When I saw my squad mates for the last time, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I’ll really miss these guys’,” he said. “Ours is a collaboration that has been nurtured over the years. My late father also served in the Anti-Corruption Bureau and, in fact, he trained at the Old Police Academy in 1985. So there’s a bond between the officers of our countries. It’s been a really good experience for us; a good relationship.”

  1. by Muhamad Khair
  2. 11 May 2018
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