In compliance with Section 18(10) of the Police Act 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM, mni, ordered today, 13 October 2020, all officers of the defunct SARS to report for debriefing, psychological and medical review at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. Before being redeployed into mainstream police roles, officers are expected to complete this process as a prelude to additional preparation and reorientation.
A recently formed Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU) will carry out the psychiatric review, a unit which will henceforth participate in the clinical management, reorientation and preparation of Force officers mobilized for operational operations and other duties. The Unit, which is located in the Medical Department of the Force and coordinated by the Medical Officer of the Force, is made up of therapists, psychologists, doctors, clerics and imams, public relations experts, civil society and other human rights experts.
Meanwhile, the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS. Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment. They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week. 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.
While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, the IGP enjoins members of the public, particularly protesting citizens to exercise restraint and allow measures being put in place to come to fruition and engender a Police Force that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry.