CNB’s day-in-the-life FB & Instagram posts are the shot in the arm we all need
Definitely one of our best discoveries of the year.
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Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) might not necessarily be the first agency that comes to mind when we think of high art.
But their recent social media posts might have achieved it — or at the very least, come dangerously close.
It all began on Dec. 3, where we saw a mysterious sneak peek video on their Instagram and the intriguing hashtag #CNB247:
And with that, Investigation Officer “Luke” (no last name given) began to share snippets of life behind the scenes at the CNB, both on Instagram and Facebook.
Check out this #flatlay, for instance, complete with artistically-placed fashion accessories (tie, watch) and part of a plant at one corner:
And this one, pure poetry:
This post is particularly thrilling — you see part of a person, handcuffed to a bench, and it even has a tempting “Sound on” teaser.
Plus, in the likely event you’re not sure what that means, he clarifies — “Turn on the volume”.
And now, an intriguing demonstration of the latest technology at the Bureau — you should also turn up the sound for this one:
As you can see, at least one member of the public agrees:
Now this is one of our favourites — definitely watch to the end:
#CNB247 17:04hrs #tbt when I was assigned to investigate a case where the trafficker made use of two young children to deliver drugs. Such exploitation of children strengthened my belief that justice must be done to protect the vulnerable. As an Investigation Officer, I am heartened that our law provides for heavier punishment on those who abuse the vulnerable. What motivates me the most is that I know what I am doing contributes to a drug-free Singapore for our children.
And from this post, we are certain Luke is a lover of literature, effectively extrapolating symbolism from the most random-looking of places:
His latest post reflects deeply on the judgment calls CNB officers must make in the course of duty.
James the first
But Luke is not the first CNB guy to open up and share himself with the world.
Back in September, his colleague James (again, no last name given) did the same thing.
James seemed more easy-going though, sharing slightly more regular day-in-the-life stuff, like pictures of his dinner.
This exciting training post:
Even compelling scenes from a raid he took part in:
But all that, certainly a far cry from the splendiferous class act that are the social media masterpieces from his colleague Luke.
Is this an ongoing performance art piece by CNB? Will Luke be replaced by someone new, hopefully a female officer named Rey?
We don’t know, but you can bet we’re waiting to find out.
Top image from CNB’s Instagram page