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SWAT personnel begins training today. IGP says only personnel with clean records selected

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday confirmed that the new Police Tactical Team would commence training on Monday (today).

The training would hold at the Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State, and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.

Speaking on the development, the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Frank Mba, said that the IG reiterated that no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad would be a member of the new team.

He further added that only young, smart, and energetic officers with at least seven-years work experience and clean service record were selected.

The police spokesman noted that those selected have no pending disciplinary issue, no record of violation or rights of citizens or misuse of firearms.

Frank Mba further noted that the selected officers shall be subjected to physical fitness test, medical and toxicology amongst other screening.

He noted that the training would operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices, adding that the Police Force would be partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross and other development partners for the training of the Tactical Team.

The Red Cross would provide resource persons and materials to handle the human rights components of the training programme, adding that topics such as; humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situation, human rights standard especially in the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention, etc.

“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 lifesaving 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,” he said.

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