The Inspector –General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the training for operatives of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit will commence on Monday.
The new tactical team was set up to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Nigeria Police Force revealed on its official Twitter handle @PoliceNG on Sunday that SWAT will operate within “high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices”.
“In pursuant of the above objectives, the NPF is partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other Development Partners for the training of the Tactical Team which commences 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.
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 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 police force said 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 ICRC, an independent International human rights and humanitarian support organization with over 71years experience in humanitarian services and institutional support and development, will provide resource persons and materials to handle the human rights components of the training programme.
“Specifically, they 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 amongst others,” it added.
Other areas of the training programme 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.
NPF NEW TACTICAL TEAM COMMENCES TRAINING MONDAY OCT 19
– as Police partner ICRC, others for Qualitative Training
The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has reaffirmed that the new Police Tactical Team will operate within very high professional and ethical
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 18, 2020