The capeless crusader – Student Joel Lim helps to fight crime on weekends by volunteering with SPF’s Volunteer Special Constabulary.

In some respects, Joel Lim leads the life of an ordinary student. He attends classes and hangs out with his friends during his spare time. But the young man has other pursuits of a selfless – some may even say heroic – nature. Though he may not sport a cape, Lim dons a blue uniform on weekends when he volunteers with the Singapore Police Force’s Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC).

Tell us about your volunteer work with VSC.

I am currently posted at Marina Bay Neighbourhood Police Centre. I volunteer mostly on weekends, where I patrol the Central Business District alongside regular police officers.

What inspired you to volunteer with VSC?

I served my National Service with SPF, but wanted to continue serving the community and doing my part in keeping Singapore safe even after my Operationally Ready Date (ORD). Hence I did not hesitate to sign up as a volunteer at the VSC booth during my ORD talk.

What are your other interests?

I am majoring in psychology at the University of Buffalo, Singapore Institute of Management Campus. I also love working out at the gym.

Tell us about your favourite superhero.

I’m not a fan of any particular comic superhero. In my opinion, the real superheroes are the men and women in uniform, namely the Home Team officers and military personnel who are working together to ensure our nation’s security.