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1959 - 1968

A Unified Image

During this explosive period of Singapore's history, our society was fraught with problems of law and order. There was high tension and mounting hatred between the community and the Police Force. Youths were the main targets as riots and unlawful activities slowly took a stronghold of our society. Actions needed to be taken immediately to rout potential safety and security threats that were impacting the community.

Police Cadet Corps (PCC) was set up with the aim to break the barrier between the people and the Police Force and to instill a greater sense of discipline in youth and a sense of civic responsibility in them, thereby developing their moral character. The first PCC unit started only with 30 cadets and a single teacher officer - Mr. Victor Seah.
This successful initiative inspired the formation of more units in schools around Singapore. 30 teachers were selected from different schools to be trained as PCC officers at the Police Training School (PTS). This year also marked the enactment of the Police Cadet Corps Ordinance in Parliament.
As time passed, the movement started to gain recognition as a credible uniform youth organisation. The Corps was invited to participate in the 1963 State Day Parade.
Formation of the first girl units in Raffles Girls' Secondary School and Sang Nila Utama Malay Secondary School took place. As PCC expanded, interesting programmes such as drill competitions, revolver shoots and visits to Police Stations and other police establishments were introduced to inject interest, boost quality and broaden experience of cadets. PCC also began to support the Police in the fight against crime and prepare youths for National Service (NS).
The first PCC Annual Parade was held and has since become a tradition from then on.
PCC broke away from the command of Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) and became a fully independent unit. PCC then moved into its own Headquarters at Building No.4 at the PTS. The first independent PCC Commandant then was DSP Niaz Mohd Shah who played an important role in the strengthening of the foundation of the Corps and its expansion.
The concept of allowing units to design their formation sign was introduced. It enabled units to develop its own unique identity and instill a greater sense of pride and a sense of belonging among cadets.


Marching Forward

The beginning of 1969 saw the arm, sea, air and police cadet movements coming under a common structure with Police taking on the title of National Cadet Corps (Police). It was a decade of expansion as the Corps grew at an extraordinary pace.

The demand for qualified teachers to train the growing number of cadets increased at an alarming rate and this eventually brought about the establishment of the Cadet Inspectors' (CIs) Unit, serving to develop young cadet leaders as potential future leaders of our nation. A CI is the highest rank attainable by an NPCC Cadet.
The Corps was officially renamed the National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC). In the same year, NPCC Band made up of boys from various different secondary schools and vocational institutes was formed. They performed at NPCC functions such as Annual Parade and Service Day.
NPCC also took on a new look when the NPCC uniform was changed from dark grey and khaki to blue, to match the uniform of the Singapore Police Force (SPF). However, to differentiate between the two, NPCC subsequently changed to a yellow lanyard and wore NPCC badges on their shirt collars. It was replaced again by the chain and whistle, in line with the regular police.
The first Overseas tour was introduced with the aim to broaden the cadets' mental outlook and portray the image of Singapore's NPCC.
The inaugural issue of the NPCC magazine, titled "The Police Cadet" was produced. The magazine aimed to keep cadets informed of the developments and achievements in the Corps. It also aimed to serve as a platform for exchange of ideas and information across units.
The NPCC Council was inaugurated. The Council was represented by personnel from the Ministry of Education and officers from the SPF, who would be responsible for policy development and overseeing the development of NPCC. With the formation of the NPCC Council gave the Corps greater sense of direction and purpose for the movement in the years ahead.
The introduction of swimming and kayaking as part of the NPCC activities, life-saving course was added to the training regime to enable students to perform lifeguard duties during camp.
Community Involvement was launched in full scale with the objective to imbue in cadets an awareness of their citizen responsibility towards the welfare and security of our nation.

1979 - 1988

Together, Standing Strong

In this decade, NPCC continued to spread its wings and attained a stronger identity and sense of belonging.

NPCC marked its 20th Anniversary with a Cultural Night at the National Theatre. That year also saw the introduction of Service Medals to recognise officers for their dedication and service to the Corps.
Proficiency badges were introduced. It aimed at instilling in cadets the desire to do well, to show recognition for their achievements, to encourage them to participate in healthy activities and sustain interest in the Corps.
The Best Unit Cadet award was also introduced in the same year.
The NPCC Unit in the National University of Singapore was officially established following the idea mooted by Council Chairman Dr Lawrence Chia in 1981.
The Crime Prevention Proficiency Badge was introduced with the aim to enchance awareness of crime prevention and to translate that knowledge into application and skills.
1983 - 1984
The introduction of the NPCC Pledge and March took place. Both the NPCC Pledge and the NPCC March speaks the loyalty and dedication to the nation and the Corps. The Corps had forged a more distinct identity by then.
NPCC marked its NPCC Day in May. The first NPCC Day Observance Ceremony was officiated by Mr. Wong Kan Seng, then Minister of State for Home Affairs.
The first Campcraft Competition was held with the aim to promote team spirit, upgrade campcraft skills, raise efficiency in conducting outdoor activities and nurture a stronger competitive inclination.
Kampong Bahru at Pulau Ubin was officially opened. The campsite provided an ideal location to conduct in-service training and team-building activities.
A complete review of the NPCC Training Curriculum was conducted. The Training Resource And Coursework Kits (TRACKS) comprised lesson notes and supporting visual material.
A computer database was set up to improve the administration of NPCC. The School Unit Management System (SUMS) was implemented in 1988 to enable quick compilation of unit returns, enrolments, attendees etc.

1989 - 1998

Mission Possible

NPCC is constantly keeping pace with the ever-changing world and remained forward looking and true to its founding values. As NPCC moved into this decade, it continued to introduce new initiatives and creating more opportunities for youth development.

The first National Camp for the various Uniform Groups in Singapore was held at Sarimbun Scout Camp.
Then Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Goh Chok Tong was invited to visit the NPCC then temporary campsite to appreciate the urgency and requirements for a suitably designed and well-equipped site to be developed to meet the standards of the rigorous NPCC training programmes. Effort paid off when a piece of land, where the present campsite is situated, was acquired from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
The birth of the NTU-NPCC Unit took place. Founding members launched a recruitment campaign for new blood, and started preparations for a training course to train new cadets.
NPCC was given the honour of organising the second National Camp held at the same camp.
Blood Donation Drive was carried out to encourage donation of blood to the National Blood Bank.
In the continual effort to raise the standard of proficiency in all units, the Unit Efficiency Award was reviewed and the Unit Overall Proficiency Award (UOPA) was introduced.
Tenacity and consistency are necessary when forging a distinct identity and culture of NPCC. The mission and vision of the Corps were crafted and adopted by all members of the Corps.
The first work plan seminar was held to provide a platform for officers to be involved in charting NPCC's course for the following year, to understand the rationale and activities of the Corps and to implement Vision and Mission of the Corps.
In the same year, the SPF-NPCC badge was launched. It is the most prestigious award that can be awarded to a Secondary School Cadet.

1999 - Present

Timeless Passion, Enduring Spirit

National Police Cadet Corps had endured many challenges and grown and matured with the nation. NPCC activities have always been able to complement classroom lessons with life-skills that help students adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Programmes were reviewed and improved to hone leadership skills, increase mental capabilities, build physical resilience and to teach them to respect our environment and serve the community.

Marked 40 years of NPCC history. A 40th anniversary logo was launched together with the Inauguration Ceremony of the 10th NPCC Council.
NPCC History Book was launched. The book aims to inspire NPCC members, cadets, officers as well as potential cadets who would like to become part of the Corps as it showed the growth and development of the Corps in its first 40 years of being.
Registered in 1999 and formed in 2000, the NPCC Alumni was launched to provide an avenue for ex-members to stay connected to NPCC.
The first two sea units were inaugurated in conjunction with the Police Coast Guard Loyang Regional Base in January 2003. The formation of the sea unit allows cadets to develop a love for sea-based activities, to understand the importance of maritime services in national defence and hopefully to provide them with the option in maritime industry.
NPCC developed its own website in the hope of being an effective channel for corporate communications and a portal to provide useful information for members and non-members alike.
NPCC had its first overseas service learning project to Yunnan, China. This trip had broadened everyone's horizons and provided them with opportunities to learn and appreciate different cultures and environments.
The official opening of Camp Resilience - covering 25 hectares of land and comprising two main camps - Kampong Bahru and Kampong Nordin.
The new NPCC Training Framework - "New Training Framework for 2006 and Beyond, A Great Leap Forward, A New NPCC" was approved by the Council and was undertaken during 2006.
NPCC carried out a review of its volunteer management structure and redefined its Route of Advancement (ROA) to provide ample opportunities to progress within or across the different schemes of service.
NPCC HQ shifted out of the Thomson Road Police Academy premises along with the SPF Training Command to the Home Team Academy in January 2006.
NPCC collaborated with the Community Involvement Division of SPF and National Crime Prevention Council to launch the Community Safety and Security (CSS) Programme and the Police Youth Ambassador (PYA) Programme.
The adoption of the Y-TWO Band from Yishun Town Secondary School. The band's affiliation with NPCC underscores the close affiliation between YTSS NPCC Unit and the school's Youth Wing Band. Cadets from the YTWO-NPCC Band are given a unique training programme that incorporates elements from the NPCC Training Programme.
A brand new design of NPCC Proficiency Badges was presented. These new designs display smaller-sized and more vibrant-coloured badges to add on to the cadets' collection of badges.
We see unknowns and many challenges ahead. However, with passion, resilience and determination, NPCC will continue to grow in strength and impact the lives of our future generation and playing a vital role in the safety and security of our nation, our home!
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