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You're never too young to fight crime – a new SPF community engagement programme helps Primary School students learn about crime prevention.

You’re never too young to learn about crime prevention, and to play a part in fighting crime – that’s the driving force behind the Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) Young Police Buddy initiative. Launched in December 2018, the initiative was rolled out by Bedok Police Division, with 11 primary schools having come on board since October.

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Partners in crime prevention: Students from Telok Kurau Primary School who’ve participated in the Young Police Buddy initiative: Muhammad Iman (second from left), Jazreel Yap (centre) and Muzakkir Mohd Akbar (second from right). PHOTO: Peggy Tan

The Young Police Buddy initiative was launched to bolster rapport and engagement with Primary School students. “We’ll usually share our work experiences with the students through assembly talks,” explained Senior Staff Sergeant Nurhidah of Bedok North Neighbourhood Police Centre. “The Young Police Buddy initiative helps them learn how to stay away from crime and develop a better understanding of Police work.”

Response to the initiative has been warm, with our enthusiastic Young Police Buddies receiving an activity card with creative and educational tasks such as researching cyber-bullying, designing a shop theft prevention poster and creating a crime prevention board-game. 

“The activity that was the most fun was drawing a picture of what a Police officer of the future will look like,” said Jasreel Yap, 12, a student at Telok Kurau Primary School. “This made us think about what the Police might have to deal with in the future!”

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Neighbourhood talk: The Young Police Buddy initiative offers Police officers a new way to reach out to Primary School students. PHOTO: Peggy Tan

With the successful launch of the Young Police Buddy initiative, the programme may be extended to primary schools islandwide, to provide new opportunities for wider outreach among younger students. “I’ve seen how the Police force evolve over the years to become a partner of the community,” said Mr Shaharzad Bin Kasman, a teacher at the school. “I believe the Young Police Buddy initiative will help our students to better understand what the Police force does.”

This view was echoed by Muzakkir Mohd Akbar, 12. “Some people think that Police officers only deter crime, but they do more than that,” he said. They also keep our neighbourhoods safe, and they help people!”

  1. by Fatimah Mujibah
  2. 28 December 2018
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