Facts about the new police SWAT team which replaces SARS

The Nigerian Police force through its Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, Wednesday announced some facts about the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, which replaced the well criticized defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The facts about the new team include:

No member of the defunct SARS will be selected to be part of the Tactical team

All the operations of the new Tactical team will be strictly intelligent-driven

Members of the new Tactical team will by no means embark on routine patrols

Members of the new Tactical team are barred from indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops, and other smart devices.

Operatives of the new Tactical team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those touching on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.

Below are other functions of the new team:

Response to robbery attacks

Response to scenes of weapon-related crimes

Rescue operation

Special operation involving high profile criminals

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