The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, revealed that the operatives of the new police tactical team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), will begin training on Monday, October 18.
IGP Adamu disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘NPF New Tactical Team Commences Training Monday, Oct 19’ on Sunday, October 18, issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba. According to him, no ex-SARS operatives were shortlisted in the SWAT team.
IGP Adamu explained, “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 selected officers shall be subjected to a physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening, etc and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.”
IGP Adamu said, “The SWAT team will operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices. To ensure adequate training and screening of the SWAT operatives, the Nigeria Police Force has partnered with the International Committee of the Red Cross and other development partners for the training which begins tomorrow at the Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State. The ICRC will handle topics touching on humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situations, human rights standards, especially in the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention amongst others.
The statement added, “Other areas of the training 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 will be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts as well as veterans from the civil society and human rights community.”
Finally, IGP Adamu sought the cooperation of Nigerians in the ongoing development drive for a new and reformed Nigeria Police Force. He also enjoined them to be patient and to believe in the reform processes which are all directed at ensuring the security, safety, and rights of all.