Inspector Stella Tay

Inspector Stella Tay

Investigation Officer, Ang Mo Kio Division

Getting started

After graduating from Singapore Management University (SMU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I chose to pursue a career in the Singapore Police Force (SPF). It has always been my ambition to be a police officer. I am intrigued by how criminal minds work, and how the police outsmart them through meticulous investigations and keen observation skills. My role as an Investigation Officer (IO) has been challenging yet immeasurably satisfying.

Challenges I faced

It was initially quite a challenge for me to attend to a crime scene that involved an unnatural death. As the IO-in-charge, there are many things we are expected to do: from interviewing key witnesses to tactfully handling the emotions of grieving family members. We are also expected to preserve the integrity of the evidence and make sound decisions.

Although my work is challenging, the training that I had received prepared me well to handle the various scenarios that I encounter in the course of my duty.

My biggest achievement

Apart from my duties as an IO, I also had the opportunity to participate in various sports such as dragon boating, track and field, cross country runs and CrossFit.

The Police Sports Association provides an avenue for fervent athletes like myself to train and engage in competitive sports.

Races such as the World Police Fire Games and Interpol Forces Games allow us to compete with forces around the world. It is also a privilege to be the dragon boat trainer for my division and be awarded the Sportswoman of the Year in Ang Mo Kio Division.

Important qualities as a leader

I always live by these three words: Believe, Courage and Heart.

  • To believe in the things we do and lead by example.
  • To have courage and speak up for the rights of the innocent.
  • To do all things with heart and the virtues of a good leader.

Advice for graduates

There is no doubt that policing can be physically and mentally demanding. Amidst the new challenges we face each day, it is the satisfaction derived from solving crimes that spurs me on. If you are looking for something that is more than just a job, something that gives you the opportunity to serve the public and get your adrenaline pumping as you fight against time to solve crime, the SPF may just be the right place for you to kickstart a fulfilling career.