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New Police Coast Guard regional base in Loyang enhances facilities

The Straits Times, 31 May 05
Ubin's 'Pacific Blue' cops

Pulau Ubin police patrolmen are turning head on the island because of their new uniform--blue polo T-shirts, bermuda shorts and black hiking boots. And like their counterparts on the television series Pacific Blue, Sergeant Nicole Tan, 21, Sergeant Kevin Tay, 25, and Corporal Izwan Mohd Yusof, 28, use bicycles on their beats.

Launched yesterday, the uniform is part of an initiative by the Police Coast Guard's new Loyang Regional Base that was officially opened then.

The informal-looking get-up is meant not only to be comfortable, but also to boost rapport with the islanders.

Islander and driver Choo Geok Choon, 60, said: "I like it. It reminds me of the good old days when policemen wore shorts".

Mr Lai Ah Hah, 53, who also lives on Ubin, said with a grin: "It's cooler for them, but they have to watch out for the mosquitoes."

Channel NewsAsia 30 May 05
New Police Coast Guard regional base in Loyang enhances facilities

SINGAPORE : The Police Coast Guard now has a new regional base in Loyang which is bigger and better than its former premises in Seletar Camp. Located on a 1.3 hectare site, it offers berthing facilities for more than 20 boats. Its maintenance and repair capabilities have also been improved with new purpose-built structures and facilities. For example, the workshop can accommodate up to five boats at any one time and a straddle hoist is now available to lift vessels and equipment from the sea to the workshop for maintenance and repair.

Speaking at an official opening on Monday, Home Affairs Ministry's Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Mohamad Maidin Packer Mohd said relocating the base was part of Police Coast Guard's long-term plans to enhance the operational readiness of the Police Coast Guard. These new improved features will also serve to boost officers' morale as they work in a pleasant and more conducive environment. Since its move in February, the base has also been used for the training of the National Police Cadet Corps Sea Units. This includes sea survival and water skill courses where sea cadets are taught skills such as life raft activation and man overboard drills. Some 80 sea cadets have gone through the first phase of sea training and some 120 will start the next phase during the June school holidays.

Also unveiled was an Island Patrol Uniform for Police Coast Guard officers deployed at Pulau Ubin. The new outfit, which comprises a blue Polo T-shirt and matching blue bermudas, offers greater comfort as it is more suitable for the warm and humid outdoor working environment at Pulau Ubin. The patrol outfits are also in line with Pulau Ubin's image as a nature and adventure activity island.

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