The Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu today announced a new tactical unit of the Force which will fill the gap of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The new unit is called Special Weapons And Tactics ( SWAT).
In a press release issued in Abuja and signed by the Force Spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Frank Mba, the new unit will begin training at various training locations next week.
Mba said: “Prospective members of this new team will also undergo 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. While personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State, 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 State, respectively.”
Meanwhile, members of the now defunct SARS are to report to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for a medical and phycological examination before been redeployed to other police units.
This is in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020.
The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
According to Mba, the medical examination will 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.
The Unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from amongst psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, Public Relations practitioners, Civil Society and other Human Rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.
“While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, the IGP enjoins 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,” Mba said.