The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said on Sunday the training of the new police tactical team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) would commence on Monday.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Adamu said the new team would operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law, and dictates of best international policing practices.
He revealed that the training for the SWAT personnel would be organised in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other Development Partners.
The IGP added that the workshop would hold at the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun, and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.
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According to him, no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a member of the new tactical team.
He said: “The officers selected for the training are young, smart, and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven years of working experience with clean service records.
“They have no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms, and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations.
“The selected officers shall be subjected to the physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.”