Thursday, November 03, 2005

Brush with the law

Packrat and I were feeling bored after dinner just now and decided to go get fingerprinted. No, we're not as bo-liao* as it sounds. We really need to get our digits printed to confirm that we've never been involved in any sort of criminal activity. We need to be certified free of any Non-Criminal Conviction.

Apparently it's important for immigration offices round the world to make sure that they people they're taking in from the outside.

Anyway, we went to our nearest police post and where everyone was sitting around watching the latest Chinese Drama serial. 3 burly men and a petite lady officer were at the counter and guess who came up to talk to us? The petite little lady whose holster looked like it was going to slip right off her hips, thanks to her petiteness.

And so helpful she was. She told us they weren't trained to do it (I had no idea that fingerprinting actually required any skill) and offered us directions to the nearest headquarters that could do it. But not before she offered to call ahead to confirm that someone there was trained to do it. When we declined her offer since we had to submit the paperwork to the Criminal Investigation Division anyway and could do it there, she immediately offered their phone number in case we got lost. And for good measure, gave us quite specific instructions on how to get to the CID.

All of which made my visit to my neighbourhood police post quite pleasant indeed. I was almost ready to forgive her for watching Chinese serials. I guess after all, law enforcement authorities have to have some vice or other and that being hers, I could live with it.

* Nothing better to do with our time.

Ondine tossed this thought in at 21:49

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At 12:57 pm Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

The process just seems to take forever, doesn't it?

If you are looking to get the CNCC (Certificate of No Criminal Conviction), you need to make two trips up to CID headquarters in Cantonment Complex.

First to submit the application and get fingerprinted. The second in about 14 days to collect the documentation.

Be aware they are only open half-day in the mornings.

At 10:36 pm Blogger Ondine said...

Yes, it does seem a never ending list of requirements. Why can't they just demand everything on the outset? Anyway, we spent the entire morning at CNCC yesterday and there was one scary ass Indian lady that scolded, blustered and bullied everyone. And she wasn't one to piss off since she operated the way cool fingerprint sensor machine. Finger prints without ink stains! What an invention!

At 2:05 pm Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

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