…As new tactical team commences training next week
BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, has directed all personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
This is as the Police High Command on Tuesday announced the setting up of a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.
IGP Adamu, who gave the order for the psychological and medical examination of the defunct SARS personnel on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, said the development is in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020.
The police boss said that the officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said that 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.
DCP Mba said that 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.
IGP Adamu while announcing the setting up of a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team to fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS, said that the prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
According to the IGP; “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”.
While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, IGP Adamu 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.