NSman of the Year helped streamline reservist recalls

NSman of the Year helped streamline reservist recalls
(From left) Two of the full-time national servicemen (NSF) of the Year awardees, Mr Muhammad Azhar Haj Mohamed and Mr William Tin Wai Leung; volunteers of the newly launched Voluntary Extension of Service scheme, Mr Mohd Azman Mohd Sidek and Mr Charles Ng; two of the five NSmen of the Year, Deputy Superintendent of Police (NS) Derrick Goh and Staff Sergeant (NS) Mohammad Moiz Bin Malik.

Mr Derrick Goh, 46, is better known as the head of local bank POSB, but he is also a passionate reservist police officer in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) who holds the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.

DSP (NS) Goh has made such an impact that he will be conferred the NSman of the Year award tonight during the Annual Police Dinner 2015 at the Istana.

To most Singaporeans, national service evokes images of the army, but for the SPF, the role of NSmen and full-time national servicemen (NSFs) in bolstering the regular force is equally essential, said DSP (NS) Goh.

He played a key role in piloting a new scheme for handling reservist recalls in his unit.

"A police reservist is typically recalled three times a year: once for a physical fitness test, once for a shooting test, and once for two weeks of in-camp training," explained DSP (NS) Goh.

Being recalled three times a year was highly disruptive to NSmen, so DSP (NS) Goh and his regular counterparts worked together to streamline the process.

"We brought the physical fitness tests and the in-camp training together, so that an NSman who is recalled for ICT can complete his physical fitness test at the same time," he said.

The initiative saw an improvement in fitness test participation rates and results. It was well received by NSmen as more efficient, and is being rolled out to other units in the SPF.

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