Staying Vigilant

Last Saturday, I headed down to the Home Team Festival 2015 held in the Singapore Expo with Adam, Huiqi, Jonathan and Rebecca
Coincidentally, as we’ve planned this earlier that week, it was a day right after the Paris Attack.
I take it as a chance for me to reflect upon how we should learn to stay vigilant despite the time of peace in Singapore and at the same time, appreciate the Home Team for their effort in keeping the nation safe.
As we walked into the exhibition hall, the crowd volume had definitely overwhelmed us. There was so many people coming down for the exhibition, and many of them came as a family.
There are many displays put up by the organisers, from passports (under the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority, ICA) to rescue vehicles (under the Singapore Civil Defence Force, SCDF) to law enforcement vehicles and skills (under the Singapore Police Force, SPF and Central Narcotics Bureau, CNB).
What that actually interest me was the “Crime Scene Investigation Room”.
It allowed participants to “cross over the line to the crime scene and find out what it’s like to be part of the forensic investigation team”.
That kind of reminded how I once dreamt of becoming a forensic investigator after becoming a fan of a TVB drama series, the Forensic Heroes series.
Poster for Forensic Heroes II (Image: Wikipedia)
I even actually turned to Jonathan and said, “我是西九龍重案組高級督察馬國英。。。你可以保持沈默,但你所說的每一句話將成為呈堂證供。” (I am Ma Kwok-Ying, the Inspector of Police of the West Kowloon CID… You may remain silent, however, anything you say or do can and will be used against you in the Court of Law.) Well, for those who didn’t watch Forensic Heroes II, Ma Kwok-Ying is the character played by Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh. And somehow this line stuck in my head for the past 5 years…
Just as the group of us walked into the room, we were greeted by a rather messy crime scene…

I felt I was relieving my dream.
Well, it was once my dream until I realised how bad I am in the Sciences and eventually went on to pursue Arts in the end… (I regard media studies as a form of Arts subject though).
We were supposed to “gather” evidence and information by taking photographs before heading to the next room to share our findings with the officers.
There were 4 booths in the next room: 
One by the SCDF — teaching us on how to identify whether a fire is accidental or incendiary.
The second by the ICA — teaching us how to identify fake notes and passports, with the help of florescent lamp and UV lights.
The third by the CNB — teaching us how they identify controlled drugs during an operation using technology, such as iPhone app.
The fourth by the SPF Crime Investigation Department — teaching us how they use iron filings to reveal finger prints.
It was definitely new knowledge acquired through the explanation by the officers in-charge.
Here are some of the photos I’ve taken as we continued the exhibition after leaving the “Investigation Room”.
A display of past and present passport issued by ICA in Singapore.

And of course, here’s the brief history of passport.

Going face to face with a Police vehicle.

Of course, a photo with that police vehicle XD
Photo with the HAZMAT Response Vehicle

A picture with the SCDF Emergency Ambulance.

And how about let’s drive the ambulance? GET OUT OF THE WAY!

My love for vintage vehicle can’t be undermined. Introducing the vintage police car with a mannequin wearing the old police uniform. 

A nice way to teach people about road safety.. But apparently handling a real car is easier than handling the game. Oops.

After this trip, I am more appreciative of the works done by the Home Team. They are the reasons why we are able to work and travel peacefully without having fears of crime. Although low crime doesn’t mean no crime, it is a collective effort of both the Home Team and the general public like us to ensure low crime rate.

Let us stay vigilant together as one people, one nation, one Singapore.



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