In a concerted effort to enhance the capabilities of the newly launched Special Intervention Squad (SIS), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has partnered with the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States of America to inaugurate a specialized tactical operational training program. This strategic collaboration aligns with the vision of IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, to ensure the professionalism and efficacy of SIS personnel in combating various forms of criminal activities.
The specialized training program is meticulously designed to equip SIS Commanders with the necessary skills to tackle the challenges associated with their role in addressing issues such as kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, terrorism, and other evolving forms of crime. The SIS aims to anticipate, respond promptly, and effectively manage crisis situations, safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians while upholding the supremacy of the state and the rule of law.
Since the launch of the FCT-SIS, the IGP highlighted notable achievements, including the arrest of 139 kidnapping and armed robbery suspects and the interception of major arms suppliers. Expressing gratitude to the INL for its voluntary commitment to training SIS officers, the IGP emphasized the invaluable partnership and support provided by INL in developing and implementing the training program.
Mr. Jason Smith, Director Narcotics at the US Embassy, representing the US Ambassador, reiterated the US Government’s commitment to supporting the NPF in sustaining the SIS and fulfilling its mandate to create a more secure society for Nigerians.
The Inspector General of Police commended the US Government and anticipates that the specialized training for Commanders will significantly contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Special Intervention Squad in executing its vital mission to safeguard all citizens and uphold the rule of law within the country.