I wrote many hours ago on the SWAT (yes, tactical team) as follows: “I had noted that the new SWAT (yes, SARS) should only serve Nigerians only when needed and during ACTIVE violent crimes. In other words, the new SWAT needs to come out only when there is an ACTIVE violent crime…The SWAT should never be structured to prevent crime, but to fight an active and ongoing one.” This is the update from the Police, mirroring ideas we are sharing here.
The SWAT should never be structured to prevent crime, but to fight an active and ongoing one; the regular police force has the mandate to “prevent” crime. So, a kid in Lagos, Aba, Yobe, Jos, Sokoto and Uyo can live in her city for weeks without seeing SWAT unless there is a violent crime which caused the SWAT team to be activated.
If we push for that reform as the government restructures SARS, we will have a new Service Level Agreement which elevates MOPOL on crime prevention, serving with the regular police, while the SWAT stays out of the way unless absolutely necessary.
As we have been doing since this began, Tekedia is publishing articles on ideas for reforms. #Road2PoliceReforms.