Tuesday, October 20, 2020

IGP Orders all members of the disbanded SARS team to report for osychological examination

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Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered all personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report to the force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, as well as psychological and medical examination.

Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba said that while the time-frame for the medical evaluation has not been disclosed, the officers are expected to undergo the process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

The medical examination will be carried out by a newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a unit which the Force says will, henceforth, engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of the officers of the force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

The latest development comes 48 hours after the IGP dissolved SARS following nationwide protests.

In addition to the reforms being carried out since the disbandment, the Force Spokesman said the IGP has also set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) to replace the SARS.

Prospective members of this new team are also expected to undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment