BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Thursday, MAY 24, 2012
SINGAPORE National Police Cadet Corp (NPCC) is looking to expand the options for collaboration with the nation's Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) in terms of cadet training.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, NPCC Commandant Superintendent Mohd Redhza Abdul Rahim suggested exchanges as a way to share knowledge between the two parties as there are a lot of opportunities in this area.
"For instance, we have courses for our officers, inspectors and ASP's (Assistant Superintendent). We call it the Honorary Officers' Basic Training Course (HOBTC), which goes on for two weeks," he said.
"So perhaps, if they (RBPF) finds it useful, why not send some Brunei cadet officers to join the course. Then perhaps that can be a setting where we can share best practices and learn from one another," he said.
"Visits are usually one off unlike a two-week period stay. The honorary officers course is an important course because at the end of the duration, senior cadet leaders will be commissioned as inspectors," he added. "Hence, they will be able to know and conduct themselves as trainers, mentors or leaders," he said.
"Perhaps senior cadets from Brunei will be able to take part in the course, and then they can train those after them. That is how the leadership culture is sustained," he pointed out.
He explained that such an exchange would benefit both countries equally due to the similarities present.
"In truth....we are both small countries with a relatively low population rate, share the same currency and our people are very familiar with one another's culture," he said.
"So, I am quite sure that certain things that work well in Brunei, will work well in Singapore, and vice-versa. So there is all the reason for us to work together," he added.
Mohd Redhza said that HOBTC is currently not offered to other countries. "Brunei is a natural choice if we were to go down this road together and I think Brunei will be the best partner for it."
According to the NPCC website, some of the objectives of HOBTC are to develop leadership and mentoring skills, provide necessary drills and weapon training and keep officers informed of the corps' aspirations and ideals. The Brunei Times
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