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Training for the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit formed to replace the disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) will commence on Sunday.

This was contained in a memo dated October 13, 2020 by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

It was addressed to Deputy Inspectors General of Police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police and Commandants of Police Colleges nationwide.

In the memo sighted by newsmen on friday, the new SWAT outfit will comprise of officers and men selected based on clearly defined criteria and they will be specially trained in weapons handling and tactical operations.

Adamu said they shall also be oriented to operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law dictates and best international policing practices that will align with our national democratic values and yearnings of the citizens.

He said the mandate of the SWAT unit will be intelligence-led and limited to response to robbery attacks, response to scenes of weapon-related crimes and rescue operations.

Others include special operations, involving high-profile criminals that constitute threats to national security including anti-banditry, and counterterrorism and counter-insurgency operations which will require special tactical response.

The IGP said the outfit shall comprise of a State Commander, Second­ in-Command and thirty-six (36) other officers and men.

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