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IGP Sets up New SWAT Team to Replace SARS

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*Orders defunct SARS personnel to report for psychological, medical examination

Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed 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) .

Prospective members of this new team are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.

They will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

This was contained in a statement signed by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer on Tuesday.

According to the statement, 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, while 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.

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

According to the statement, the officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

” 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”, the statement read.

While reaffirming his 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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