The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has declared that personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and personnel of the newly established Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team will undergo psychological and medical examination before redeployment and recruitment respectively.
The IGP made this declaration in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
According to him, “the medical analysis 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 PCSU, 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.
Speaking on the newly established SWAT, the IGP hinted that the new recruits will commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.
He added that “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.”
Meanwhile, personnel of the defunct SARS has been ordered by the IGP to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020.
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