The IGP Mohammed Adamu has announced the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to replace the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. He said prospective members of the new team would undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
“They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.”
Personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers.
“Those from the Police Commands from the North and the South-West will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun, respectively,” he said.
Mba said the IG had ordered personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
He said the order was in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act, 2020. The psychological and medical examination was a prelude to further training and reorientation before redeployment into mainstream policing duties.
Mba stated that the medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counseling and Support Unit (PCSU). The unit would be engaged in psychological management, reorientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.
According to the FPRO the unit, domiciled with the Force Medical Department, would be coordinated by the force medical officer.
Furthermore, the membership of the unit would be drawn from psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, public relations practitioners, civil society and other human rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.
Mba pledged the commitment of the IG to ensure successful and holistic implementation of the police reforms.
Inconclusion, he enjoined 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 citizens.
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