Police IGP Flags Off Training Of Special Intervention Squad


The Inspector-General of Police IGP Kayode Egbetokun has flagged off the training of the Special Intervention Squad (SIS) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital

The SIS is a specialized tactical operational training programme for Nigeria Police Commanders in partnership with the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the United States of America.

IGP Egbetokun said this is in alignment with the Force commitment to enhance the capabilities of the SIS personnel and ensure the professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities.

He revealed that the specialized training is designed to prepare the trainees for the challenges associated with their new responsibility of taking up the lead positions in combating the scourge of kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, terrorism and other evolving challenges of crime confronting the nation.

“The SIS is designed to anticipate, respond spontaneously and manage crisis situation which is pivotal to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians while guaranteeing the supremacy of the state and the rule of law thus protecting the integrity of our nation.”

The IGP while noting that since the launch of the FCT-SIS, 139 kidnapping and armed robbery suspects have been arrested with the interception of 3 major suppliers of arms amongst other achievements.

He expressed gratitude to the INL, which volunteered to train the officers of the SIS, for their invaluable partnership and support in the development and implementation of the training program as well as their commitment to fostering international cooperation and sharing best practices in law enforcement through fruitful collaboration.

In his remarks, Mr. Jason Smith, Director Narcotics at the US Embassy, representing the US Ambassador, reiterated the commitment of the US Government in supporting the Police Force to sustain the SIS and actualize its mandate of bequeathing more secure society for Nigerians.

The Inspector General of Police, while commending the US Government, emphasized his anticipation that the specialized training for Commanders would contribute to the effectiveness of the Special Intervention Squad in carrying out their mission to safeguard all citizens and uphold the rule of law within the country.