Pakistan Navy trains commandos of Sindh Police

Karachi: A group of 31 commandos belonging to the elite force of the Sindh Police has completed specialized anti-terror training imparted by the Pakistan Navy’s Special Services’ Group.

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The batch of police commandos belong to the Special Security Unit (SSU) of the Sindh Police, which is primarily mandated to protect vital installations, high-profile persons, and perform anti-terror policing in the province.

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The SSU was raised in the year 2010 with around 1,000 elite police personnel – now its strength stands at 3,000 including female police commandos. The SSU also introduced Pakistan’s first-ever SWAT (Specialised Weapons and Tactics) policing team.

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The SSU also regularly conducts “Hostile environment awareness training sessions” at the Sindh Police Training Centre in Karachi to brief people belonging to various important sections of the society on security threats in their immediate environment and the basic tactics required to deal with such eventualities caused by the high-profile criminals and terrorists.

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The passing out parade of the newly trained police commandos was held at Naval Special Operations’ Training Centre (NSOTC) here in Karachi on Saturday. The NSOTC was established in 2006 to train commandoes of Pakistan Navy to make them capable of doing operations at sea-level, under-water, land, and in the air.

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It is the eighth batch of the police commandos completing their training at the NSOTC. A total of 179 commandos of the SSU have become the graduates of the elite services’ training facility of the Pakistan Navy.

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Eight weeks

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The police commandos receive specialised training of self-defence, close-quarters combat, rappelling, handling of basic explosives and modern small arms. The special anti-terror course for police commandos lasts for eight weeks.

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Deputy Inspector General of Sindh Police for its Security and Emergency Services’ Dvision, Maqsood Ahmed, was the chief guest on the occasion.

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He said the training received by the elite policing personnel would go a long way in enhancing the capabilities of the Sindh Police to wage its ongoing war against terrorism.

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He expressed gratitude to the Commandant of the NSOTC and its other officials for imparting modern commando training to the SSU personnel while hoping that such training sessions would continue in future as well.

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NSOTC Commandant, Nauman Aslam, said on the occasion that the police commandos who had completed their training at his centre were fully ready to tackle any emergency situation created by terrorists. The passing out batch of the police commandos, on the occasion, also demonstrated their anti-terror specialized skills by performing various drills.

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