Six important things to know about the new SWAT police unit

Posted by on Oct 14, 2020, Under: News

Six important things to know about the new SWAT police unit

Following the disbandment of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), here are some of the interesting details you need to know about a replacement unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu said the new unit will fill the gaps created by the dissolution of the recent SARS.

On Sunday, he disbanded the Anti-Robbery Task Force (SARS) over alleged extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and expropriation of property through physical assault and other intimidation methods.

Here are six things you need to know about the new disc:

Potential members of this new team will undergo psychological and medical examinations to ensure they are fit and proper for the new position. Next week, these members will begin training at various tactical police training institutions across the country. The training programs are as follows:

A. Southeast and South South Police Headquarters will be trained at the Counter Terrorism College, Nonwa Tai, Rivers State.

B. Northern Police Headquarters will be trained at the Mobile Police Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State

US Southwest Police Command will be trained at the Mobile Police Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State

The PGI ordered all agents of the disbanded Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report to the force headquarters in Abuja for interviews, psychological and medical examinations. The medical examination will be conducted by the newly formed Advisory Group and Police Support Unit (PCSU), a unit that will henceforth be responsible for the psychological management, reorientation and training of Force officers deployed for tactical operations and other duties. The Police Counseling and Support Team will be composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, pastors and imams, public relations specialists, civil society and other human rights groups with the appropriate qualifications and skills.


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