New Police Unit, SWAT to Replace Disbanded SARS – IGP

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IGP Approves New Police Unit to Replace Disbanded SARS
Nwolu Obiajulu
  • Former SARS operatives to undergo psychological examination

As a follow up to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS),  the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has approved the formation of a new unit to replace the scrapped police unit of the Nigeria Police Force..

The IGP said that the force has introduced Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to replace the disbanded SARS.

Police spokesman, Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, noting that personnel of the defunct police unit were to report at the force headquarters for medical screening.

The statemen read in part, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, has, today, 13th October, 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination,” Mba wrote.

“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.

“Meanwhile, the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS. 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.”

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