Breaking: IGP replaces SARS with SWAT


▪︎says new tactical team to commence training next week

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The announcement was made on Tuesday (13th October, 2020) in a statement issued by the Force Headqyarters in Abuja.

The IGP has also, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the officers were expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

Mba said the medical examination would be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), “a Unit, which henceforth shall engage in psychological management, re-orientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.”

He said the Unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, had its membership drawn from among psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, Public Relations practitioners, Civil Society and other Human Rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.

Meanwhile, the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.

Mba said prospective members of this new team would also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

He said they were to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.

Mba further stated that personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South would be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State, while those from the Police Commands from the North and the South-West would be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.

While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, the IGP enjoined members of the public, particularly protesting citizens to exercise restraint and allow measures being put in place to come to fruition and engender a Police Force that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.

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