My 'PSOs' were ready to handle the unexpected
I was a VVIP for a day.
Tasked to sign a guest book and collect a token of appreciation - it all seemed easy and innocuous enough.
That was until I was attacked by a man with a knife before being confronted by another wielding a long wooden stick.
My heroes were none other than the people who had been standing in the background all the while - my personal security officers (PSOs) for the day.
Within seconds, they quickly subdued my attackers with a series of punches, kicks and armlocks before getting me to safety.
Fair enough, it was an exercise by the Singapore Police Force's Security Command to showcase the crucial role these PSOs play in keeping our President, ministers and other VVIPs safe.
But it gave me a glimpse of just how professionally these officers take their jobs.
They briefed me on which door I should use to climb into the car that would take me to my destination.
When I got it wrong, they politely ushered me to the right door. In the car, I noticed they kept their eyes on the road. Not a word was spoken because they needed their fullest concentration.
When we arrived at a "National Heritage Centre", I was taken to a room for a short presentation ceremony.
I was told that my PSOs had already swept the room for bombs, studied it and memorised the best escape route. Yet they told me earlier: "Expect the unexpected."
That rang true as the guy handing me the token suddenly pulled out a knife and swung it at me.
The next thing I knew, I was pulled backwards by two PSOs as Staff Sergeant Tan Siow Peng immediately moved in to beat the daylights out of him. We tried to exit via the main entrance, only for another attacker to charge in while wielding a stick.
Another PSO immediately rushed forward to engage him and shouted for us to leave by the rear exit. We did so as PSOs held on to my supposedly injured arm.
As soon as we exited the building, a car was already waiting for us. The moment we drove off, my PSOs expertly patched up my injuries with bandages - after all, they are also armed with medical skills.
Sadly, that was the end of the exercise, but in those brief 15 minutes, I knew I was safe, thanks to the PSOs.
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