Cold War 2 is the Hong Kong blockbuster that sees a stellar cast of police officers navigating their way through political intrigue and street-level crime. Thankfully, Singapore is pretty crime and corruption free, so we’ll never have to deal with the same types of situations as in Cold War 2. But that hasn’t stopped us from having a plethora of crime dramas and police officers on our screens, though!

Let’s take a look at our favourite police officers from across the ages. Which ones were your favourite?

1. Inspector Mike Chin (James Lye) from Triple Nine

James Lye - then and now. Credit: The Straits Times

James Lye – then and now. Credit: The Straits Times

He was one of the most prominent police inspectors on Channel 5 at that time, alongside Inspector Elaine Tay (played by Wong Li-Lin). In fact, people were gunning for them to get together in real life! Wong Li-Lin still looks as good as she did 20 years ago, though James Lye, who is married to Diana Ser with three kids, stays out of the spotlight now. He always did introduce himself in the show in a slightly awkward way though – remember how he pronounced “Mike Chin” really fast, so it sounded like he was mumbling the name?

Don’t go and anyhow dial Triple Nine on your phone ah!

2. Corporal Ricky Soh (Vincent Ng) from Heartlanders

Vincent Ng - then and now. Credit: Toggle

Vincent Ng – then and now. Credit: Toggle

Heartlanders was a police drama that took place, well, in the heartlands. Rife with scenes of them playing basketball near HDB void decks, Corporal Ricky Soh and his partner Corporal Jamal bin Salleh (Aaron Aziz) were always patrolling the blocks to keep them safe. Although Ricky Soh’s English was, well, really aligned with the name of the show, we’ve got to give him points for trying so hard.

Nowadays, you see Vincent Ng advertising for fruit juices along MRT train doors.

3. Inspector Dollah (Suhaimi Yusof) from Police & Thief

Inspector Dollah (Suhaimi Yusof) alongside Tok Kong from Police & Thief. Credit: The New Paper

Inspector Dollah (Suhaimi Yusof) alongside Tok Kong from Police & Thief. Credit: The New Paper

Inspector Dollah may not have been the most competent police officer (can you remember when he actually solved a case?), but he was so endearing because he had to bring up two naughty sons all by himself. Although he had a love interest later in the series, it’s rare to see a single dad on television, and one that did such a bang up job raising his two sons.

For that, we salute you Inspector Dollah!

4. Station Inspector Tang Yew Jia (Qi Yuwu) from C.L.I.F.

Station Inspector Tang Yew Jia (Qi Yuwu) alongside his co-stars from C.L.I.F.  - and his wife, too! Credit: The Anything Blog

Station Inspector Tang Yew Jia (Qi Yuwu) alongside his co-stars from C.L.I.F. – and his wife, too! Credit: The Anything Blog

There are so many seasons of C.L.I.F. that we’ve seen him go from Station Inspector to Senior Station Inspector now! Despite the hefty amounts of melodrama, Tang Yew Jia has proven to be one of the mainstays of the series, which returns for yet another season this September. No sign of Tang Yew Jia so far in this latest season though.

5. ASP Elizabeth Lee (Cheryl Wee) from Mata Mata

ASP Elizabeth Lee (Cheryl Wee) with her fellow police officers in Mata Mata. Credit: Mothership

ASP Elizabeth Lee (Cheryl Wee) with her fellow police officers in Mata Mata. Credit: Mothership

Mata Mata started off as a series about the first female police officers in Singapore, with ASP Elizabeth Lee leading the way with her other female police officers. While they had this Powerpuff Girls vibe at times, especially with all their posed photos, her raw spunk and infectious enthusiasm had us rooting for her throughout the season.

It also helped that (gasp!) she was in love with a gangster. Those star-crossed lovers had it rough!

Cold War 2. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Cold War 2. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Still need to satisfy that craving for more police action? Then catch Cold War 2, the sequel to Cold War that sees Sean Lau (Aaron Kwok) going head to head with MB Lee (Tony Leung) once again! But there’s more at stake than just an escaped prisoner. Will the Hong Kong police manage to find out who’s behind everything and save their country from a terrible fate?

Watch Cold War 2 to find out!

Credits: The Straits Times, Toggle, The New Paper, The Anything Blog, Mothership, Golden Village Cinemas