A Memorable Visit to the Royal Malaysian Police Training Centre

Thursday, 15th August 2019 was a memorable day for the St Vincent de Paul Society (SSVP) members and students of their SSVP-run homes as we were given the opportunity to visit the Royal Malaysian Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) in Jalan Semarak. About 30 children from Rumah Pengajian Xavier, Rumah Ozanam and Rumah Keluarga Kami participated in the school-holiday outing.

The visit to PULAPOL was made possible by our SSVP member, Brother Harry Lau, who previously served in the police force for 30 years and finally retired as a Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC).

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tan Boon Sing and his officers welcomed us on behalf of the Commandant of PULAPOL. The first item on our itinerary was to witness how Cadet Inspectors undergo marching exercises in the PULAPOL parade ground carrying swords, batons and rifles.

After the parade showcase, we were taken to view the trainees’ living quarters and dining hall. It was an eye-opening experience as the children were briefed on the regimented daily routine imposed on the police trainees and their basic living conditions. After touring the accommodation block, we were directed to PULAPOL’s shooting range where the officer explained the training routine to handle standard-issue Police firearms including Glock pistols and MP5 sub-machine guns.

The children were then treated to a live-firing demonstration where trained police personnel showcased their shooting skills at distances of 10, 15 and 20 meters from the targets. After an impressive sharp-shooting display, we made our way to the academic center with gunshot sounds still ringing in our ears. At the academic building, we had the opportunity to meet some of their trainee cadet officers and view the spacious lecture theatre which could accommodate almost 375 trainees per session. The state-of-the-art e-library sponsored by Samsung is also housed in the same building.

A short video promoting PULAPOL was shown, after which DSP Tan invited the youths to consider a career with the Royal Malaysian Police Force. Our last stop was the Tactical Simulating building which had various machines and gadgets to simulate real life situations which the police officers would invariably have to encounter when on crime- prevention duties.

There was also a live demonstration on tackling snatch thefts and how an anti-narcotic raid is carried out. The official visit ended with a hearty lunch hosted by DSP Tan and his officers. After lunch and a formal thank you, a group photo was taken.

DSP Tan expressed PULAPOL’s hopes of seeing some of our youths come back to undergo police-training either as Cadet Inspectors, Cadet Sergeants or as Policemen.  

It was indeed a rewarding trip and a sort of homecoming for Brother Harry. For the children and the rest of our entourage, we learned how discipline training and academic excellence were critical factors in building a competent police force—one which will protect citizens and carry out law enforcement duties effectively in Malaysia.

Photos by Francis Lai

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