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IGP lists qualifications of SWAT operatives as training begins today

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed has announced that the training for operatives of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) unit will commence on Monday October 19.

The police chief made the announcement in spite of the protest against the replacement of defunct and controversial police unit, SARS with the newly created unit (SWAT). 

In a statement released on Sunday October 18 by Nigerian police spokesperson Frank Mba, the IGP was quoted saying that the security operatives will operate within “high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.

Adamu Mohammed also disclosed that those to be absorbed into the new police unit are young, smart, and energetic officers with a minimum of seven-year work experience and clean service records with no pending disciplinary matters and no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms.


The statement read; 

The IGP reiterates that no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a member the new Tactical Team. He notes that the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not but 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 withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations. 

The selected officers shall be subjected to fitness test, medical and toxicology screening etc and people found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.

The ICRC, an independent International human rights and humanitarian support organization with over 71years of experience in humanitarian services and institutional support and development, will provide resource persons and materials to handle the human rights components of the educational program .

Specifically, they're going to handle topics pertaining to humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situation, human rights standard especially within the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention amongst others.

Other areas of the educational program will include 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 are going to be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts also as veterans from the civil society and human rights community.

Mba who noted that the immediate establishment of a replacement tactical team is in sight of the necessity to fill the void created by the dissolution of the defunct SARS “particularly during the ‘EMBER Month’ traditionally characterized by an upsurge in heist and other violent crimes within the country”, added that that the police will partner with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other development partners for the training of the team which can happen at at the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun state and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa state.

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