Despite the criticism of the setting up of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has outlined the structure of the new outfit.
He also reaffirmed that the training of men and officers of SWAT will commence next week.
According to a memo from the IG to Deputy Inspectors General, Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police and Commandants of Police Colleges, the new SWAT outfit will comprise of officers and men that will be selected based on clearly defined criteria.
He said the mandate of the SWAT Team will be intelligence-led and limited to response to robbery attacks, response to scenes of weapon-related crimes, rescue Operations, 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.
The breakdown is as follows: one Chief Superintendent of Police as State SWAT Commander, one Superintendent of Police as 2 I/C State SWAT Commander, there Deputy Superintendents of Police as Section Commanders, and three Assistant Superintendents of Police as 2I/C Section Commanders.
Others are 24 Inspectors and Non Commissioned Officers as Operatives and another six NCOs as drivers.
He said in the long-term, the number of SWAT Teams per state will be expanded based on the assessment of the security realities of each State Command.
On the selection criteria he said they must be between the ages of 25 – 40 years for operational elements and between the ages of 35 – 45 years for command elements.
The IGP said they must have not less than seven years policing service experience and be physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operation.