SWAT team coming- govt

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

In the face of escalating violent gun crimes, government on Wednesday announced that it has given green light for the establishment of a Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team.

“With a SWAT Unit, the Guyana Police Force would be better placed to make specialized interventions, thereby, ensuring law and order is maintained, and prospective threats are neutralized,” said the Home Affairs Ministry in a statement.

Now that Cabinet has approved the SWAT team, the Home Affairs Ministry said it has hired the Washington-based consultancy firm, The Emergence Group (TEG) “to obtain the requisite assistance in this initiative.”

TEG is first expected to conduct an ‘Organizational Needs Assessment’ and craft training programmes. “Curriculum development and training, including mentoring, will also be undertaken by the consultancy firm.”

The establishment of a SWAT team has received the full support of the leadership of the Guyana Police Force, said the Home Affairs Ministry.