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#EndSars: ‘SWAT training begins Oct 19 to tackle Ember Months robbery, Violent crimes’- IGP

NEWSMAN, Abuja –  Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has announced that training for the new Police Tactical Team (SWAT) will kick off from Monday, 19th October, 2020 at the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.

According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Sunday, the training is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other Development Partners, reiterating that no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a member the new Tactical Team. 

“The officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven (7) years working  experience with clean service records – no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms – and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations. The selected officers shall be subjected to physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening etc and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged”, the statement read.

While reaffirming that SWAT will operate within very high professional, ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices, the Police Boss charged the training coordinators to ensure a diligent and timely delivery of the Tactical Team. 

The trainings “will handle topics touching on humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situation, human rights standard especially in the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention, modern-day police ethics and values, Intelligence-led policing, Operation planning/Tactical decision making processes, Hostage rescue tactics and operation, weapon handling, first aid/basic life saving skills, stress/fear management, police-citizens relations and emotional intelligence etc. The training modules will be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts as well as veterans from the civil society and human rights community”.

“The necessity for the immediate establishment of a new Tactical Team is in view of the need to fill voids created by the dissolution of the defunct SARS particularly during the “EMBER Month” traditionally characterized with upsurge in armed robbery and other violent crimes in the country”, the statement added.

The IGP therefore enjoins young Nigerians to be patient with the ongoing reform processes directed at ensuring a new and reformed Nigeria Police Force for the security, safety and rights of all.

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